UC Davis has three art museums connected to academic departments, all serving as a resource and a classroom for our students, as well as a public venue. The oldest is the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, which is affiliated with the Department of Art and Art History. The Design Museum is run through the Design Program, and the C.N. Gorman Museum is connected to the Department of Native American Studies.
The Carl N. Gorman Museum, housed in Hart Hall, exhibits contemporary Native American and other indigenous art.
Located in Cruess Hall, the Design Museum has changing exhibitions of architecture, costumes, graphics, textiles, new media and popular culture that reflect the multifaceted and global aspects of design.
The Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection features quarterly exhibitions of contemporary art, visual culture and selections from the permanent collection of some 5,000 works. The Nelson also manages the campus outdoor public art collection, including the Arneson Eggheads series.