Spring and Summer Hours 2022

Updated April 2022

The Museums at W&L will be open on Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As of June 1, the University Chapel & Galleries and Watson Galleries will close to the public for the summer. The Reeves Museum of Ceramics will remain open.

Free admission and all are welcome. 

Hours and Admission

The University Chapel & Galleries are open on Thursday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The University Chapel & Galleries are closed on Easter Sunday, noon on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day through the following Saturday, and December 24 - January 1. Other closures are posted in advance on our website whenever possible.


Attire: The university's stated practice has been, and continues to be, that individuals or groups not affiliated with the university may not use our campus as a platform for their own personal or political displays or statements. This includes, but is not limited to, historical or replica uniforms.

Security Measures: Visitors will be asked to open large bags or purses for inspection by the Public Safety Officer on duty. Additionally, all visitors to campus must comply with the University weapons policy, which prohibits the use, possession and storage of all firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives or other dangerous articles on all properties owned, leased or otherwise controlled by Washington and Lee University. Law enforcement officers duly authorized to carry such instruments are excepted.

Flags: University policy does not allow flags on campus.

Photography: The Museums staff wants to insure you enjoy your visit to the Chapel and share the experience with your friends. In order to make it a pleasant experience for all our visitors and to protect the parts of our collection that are under copyright, the photography policy must be observed.

Group Tours

All tours are free of charge, though we encourage donations. If you are bringing a group, we ask that you consider a donation of $4 per adult and $2 per child. Please arrange group tours at least 24 hours ahead of time by completing our Adult Group Reservation Form.

Tours larger than 30 people may want to consider splitting the time with the Stonewall Jackson House two blocks away OR half of the group may tour the Galleries downstairs while the other half takes the auditorium tour and then each half would switch places. We suggest you allow an hour for your visit.

Groups that want to visit other sites in Lexington as well as University Chapel & Galleries should contact the Lexington Visitor Center at or call (540) 463-3777. The Visitor Center will arrange your itinerary for free and if you wish, provide a step-on guide for a fee.

If you are traveling by motor coach, there is no available parking at the University Chapel. Riders may be discharged on Jefferson St. in front of the entrance and handicapped individuals may be let off on Letcher Avenue, but in both cases, the bus will need to park elsewhere until the tour is over. Please contact the Lexington Visitor Center for suggested bus parking.

Please see Directions if you need further assistance or please call our offices at (540) 458-8768.

School Tours

The University Chapel offers multiple tour options for your school group. Each tour includes a Galleries activity and pre-and post-visit materials. The Chapel is no longer just a place for history; our variety of tours can cover English, science, math, art, and family life SOLs.

To learn more about School Group tours, visit our Education page.