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Hampton Museum

The University Museum, founded in 1868, is the oldest African-American museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums in Virginia. A recent $5 million renovation of an existing structure now houses the Museum's more than 9,000 objects, including traditional art from Africa, Asia, Native America and the Pacific; African-American fine arts; and objects relating to the history of the University. The Museum also includes archival holdings, which now total 10 million documents including works by 10 U.S. presidents; and the nation's first African American Poetry Archive, created in the summer of 1998. In addition, in 1996, the Museum acquired management and operation of The International Review of African American Art, the only publication devoted primarily to African-American art.