Several unique features of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art are worth noting even at the planning stage. First, the Museum will feature a working chapel, Our Lady, Queen of Families, on the second floor. Sponsored by Virginia Marten and her family, Our Lady, Queen of Families Chapel will offer scheduled Masses and be available for quiet contemplation. Nestled among galleries of Renaissance and Baroque Art, the chapel will contain both traditional and contemporary works of religious art.
Next, a multi-story sculpture court will be a feature integral to a museum where the history of sculpture plays such a critical role. The court will be physically accessible from the Lower Level but open to the windows and floors above in order to offer a spacious and luminous environment for the display of sculpture. Finally—and vital to a leading university art museum—is the Kathleen M. Watson Object Study Room. Designed specifically as an intimate and secure environment for in-depth study of works from the collection by classes or scholars, the object study room is an eagerly anticipated center for teaching and learning.