These two floors within the University of Missouri's Pickard Hall house a cross section of human history. In this classic brick building, visitors can glimpse into the distant and near past through displays of ancient money, modern art and everything in between.
The museum calls to mind a miniature Getty Center in Los Angeles. The Greek and Roman Hall on the main level offers the classical lines of white statues; marble casts stand in sharp relief against bright blue walls. Upstairs is a warren of galleries, each devoted to a specific time period: Medieval, Roman, Greek and so on. We saw coins, cloudy ancient glass, oil paintings by European and American masters, Mexican and Peruvian pottery, African masks, South Asian sculpture, even Missouri art. Some displays consist of a mere case in a hall or a nook in a room; others fill an entire prestigious museum-style gallery. Keeping in mind that this is a college exhibit, it’s only natural that informative signage accompanies each piece.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (open until 8 p.m. on Thursday), noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.