Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich

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The J. F. Slater Memorial Museum, also known as Slater Memorial Museum, is a historic building and art museum on the grounds of the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, built in 1885 and dedicated in 1886. It is designed in Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and is said to be the finest work of architect Stephen C. Earle.: 44, 48 
It is a contributing property in the Chelsea Parade Historic District.
The museum was presented to the Norwich Free Academy by William A. Slater, son of John Fox Slater, who had endowed the school.

The museum features a collection of plaster casts of famous Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Renaissance statues. The museum also exhibits colonial and local historic artifacts, as well as 18th-to-20th-century American paintings and decorative arts, 17th-to-19th-century European paintings and decorative arts, African and Oceanic sculpture, and Native American objects. The adjacent Converse Art Gallery hosts six changing exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery, built in 1906, was designed by the leading local firm of Cudworth & Woodworth.
The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.
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  • Great small museum full of wonderful antiquities,paintings, statues of greatness and an aplithara of past time captures that will make your visit well worth while and enjoyed. I enjoyed it as i went.....  more
    Great small museum full of wonderful antiquities,paintings, statues of greatness and an aplithara of past time captures that will make your visit well worth while and enjoyed. I enjoyed it as i went.....  more »
  • This museum was spectacular. We were mesmerized by the Cast Gallery. Very affordable admission cost. Beautiful building. Young man working the desk was great. Need to go back. Did not allow ourselves....  more
    This museum was spectacular. We were mesmerized by the Cast Gallery. Very affordable admission cost. Beautiful building. Young man working the desk was great. Need to go back. Did not allow ourselves....  more »
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  • A unique museum. If you are interested in Greek and Roman sculpture, the Slater Museum has a collection of plaster casts which you will not find anywhere else. In the 19th and 20th century, art students would use these resources to develop their drawing skills. Many of these collections from the past have been dispersed or destroyed. A rare opportunity to see so many full scale works of antiquity even if they are must made of plaster. I wish the museum was closer to home, I would be their with my sketch pad. There is also a fine collection of African sculpture and masks.
  • Excellent museum, art work,jewelry, artifacts, furniture and information on the founders of the NFA and the museum. Very interesting.

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