COVID-19 Update: Museums at W&L Closed during Summer 2021

Updated June 2021

Washington and Lee's indoor facilities will remain closed to the general public for the summer, with the exception of the E-Café located at Hillel House, and the University Store, which should be accessed using the entrance next to Canaan Green. The Museums at W&L will use this time to install new exhibits and provide professional development opportunities for our staff. W&L students, faculty, and staff may request appointments for academic research purposes by contacting W&L's current visitor guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 Resources webpage.

Hours and Admission

The University Chapel & Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM from April 1 through October 31. Winter hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM from November 1 through March 31. 

The University Chapel & Museum is 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.

Tours are given throughout the day in the auditorium on a rolling basis. During our summer hours, the last tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. During our winter hours, the last tour will begin at 3:30 p.m. 


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; please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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 museum 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 & Museum 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 museum 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.