About the Museum

A new building and a revitalized collection. Opening to you and the world November 2023.

Ernestine Raclin holding Father Jenkins right hand while posing for a photo.

After more than eighteen months of research and design, it is a great pleasure to share an overview and plans of the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. Thanks to the leading benefaction of Mrs. Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Christopher Murphy, the new Museum will be a significant and desirable addition to the University of Notre Dame. As a national attraction, it will be uniquely positioned to host the Museum's renowned collections, dynamic exhibitions, and engaging programs. After a rigorous search culminating in January 2019, the University selected the New York-based design firm, Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), to design the new museum. Celebrated internationally for classical design sensibilities, the firm's reputation is built on modern traditionalist architecture.

Under the guidance and direction of the University Architect's office, RAMSA and a leadership team from the current Snite Museum of Art have worked in close association on a new Museum in a new location. The goal for the facility is taken from the Museum's mission to provide “experiences with significant works of art intended to stimulate inquiry, dialogue, and wonder for audiences across the academy, the community, and around the world—all in support of the University of Notre Dame's Catholic mission.”

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