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Slater Memorial Museum

Updated on August 21, 2017
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Entrance to Slater Memorial Museum
Entrance to Slater Memorial Museum | Source

Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut

William Albert Slater built the Slater Memorial Museum as a memorial to his father John Fox Slater.

William attended Norwich Free Academy (a privately endowed secondary school) in Norwich. Connecticut, and so offered to build a building on the NFA campus. The art museum was built in the Romanesque Revival style and was designed by Stephen C. Earle.

In 1888, Robert Porter Keep, the principal at the time, convinced Slater to also fund plaster castings of Renaissance and classical sculptures.

At that time, it was allowable to make plaster casts of the great world sculptures. Giovanni Lugini was hired to assemble the pieces of the cast replicas.

Slater Memorial Museum and Norwich Free Academy Information

The Slater Memorial Museum is located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy.

The Building Is An Incredible Example Of Romanesque architecture

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These are the archways over the main entranceThe main lobby has a beautiful mosaic tile floor and wood detail on the wall panels and hand rails.Looking down on the lobby from the staircase.
These are the archways over the main entrance
These are the archways over the main entrance | Source
The main lobby has a beautiful mosaic tile floor and wood detail on the wall panels and hand rails.
The main lobby has a beautiful mosaic tile floor and wood detail on the wall panels and hand rails. | Source
Looking down on the lobby from the staircase.
Looking down on the lobby from the staircase. | Source
Slaters-Grand-Tour
Slaters-Grand-Tour | Source

The Grand Tour Experience

A New Exhibit in the Newly Renovated Museum

One of the first exhibits, is of the Grand Tour the Slater's took around the world on their yacht, "The Eleanor".

This was a one year trip in 1894/5. On this trip they collected many artifacts and took many photographs, which are on exhibit in this exhibit entitled "The Grand Tour Experience"

Many of these items are shown in the Grand Tour Experience Photo Collection below.


Photos Of The Grand Tour Exhibit

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This is  information about The Grand Tour.A kimono the Slater's brought backOne of Mrs. Slater's ball gowns from the trip.Souvenir swords and a paintingEgyptian artifacts from the tourAsian artifacts and souvenirs.A collection of fans
This is  information about The Grand Tour.
This is information about The Grand Tour. | Source
A kimono the Slater's brought back
A kimono the Slater's brought back | Source
One of Mrs. Slater's ball gowns from the trip.
One of Mrs. Slater's ball gowns from the trip. | Source
Souvenir swords and a painting
Souvenir swords and a painting | Source
Egyptian artifacts from the tour
Egyptian artifacts from the tour | Source
Asian artifacts and souvenirs.
Asian artifacts and souvenirs. | Source
A collection of fans
A collection of fans | Source

Plaster Casts Of Classical And Renaissance Sculpture - There Are 227 Plaster Casts In The Slater Memorial Museum

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Scultures-Slater-Memorial-Museum | Source

There is a grand hall dedicated to these plaster casts of the original sculptures. If you never had a chance to see the originals, seeing these is next best thing. You can view Venus de Milo, Aphrodite, and David among others. The casts are incredibly detailed.

In keeping with the tradition of this period, Giovannia Lugini, who assembled the castings, added fig leaves to cover certain statue parts.


For or Against Fig Leaves

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Fig-leaf-slater-museum | Source


In order to maintain propriety at the time the sculptures were cast, a fig leaf was added to cover certain body parts -- or naughty bits, as the British would say. The originals do not have fig leaves.

Do you thing the fig leaves should have been added?

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Casting of Michelangelo's La Pieta

Casting of Michelangelo's La Pieta
Casting of Michelangelo's La Pieta | Source

A Beautiful Collection of Asian Art and Artifacts

A Beautiful Collection of Asian Art and Artifacts
A Beautiful Collection of Asian Art and Artifacts | Source

The Gallery of African Life

The Gallery of African Life
The Gallery of African Life | Source

Slater Memorial Museum in on the Campus of Norwich Free Academy

Norwich Free Academy is the local high school in Norwich. This museum is on its campus

I have never heard of a high school having a museum of this caliber; have you?

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A whole gallery is dedicated to Charles Denison Crocker (1822-1907). I had never heard of him before this, but his paintings were numerous and absolutely beautiful. There were many portraits and landscapes.

The little girl in the portrait above is Kate Corbin Rallion.

A View of Norwich Harbor by Charles Denison Crocker

A View of Norwich Harbor by Charles Denison Crocker
A View of Norwich Harbor by Charles Denison Crocker | Source

I hope I have piqued your curiosity

There is also a gallery of changing exhibits. Go to the Slater Memorial Museum website for listings of special and current exhibits.

I think this museum is interesting enough even for the non-art lover. There are so many different things to look at you are bound to find something that pleases you.

What do you think?

© 2011 Ellen Gregory

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an amazing museum. I love the architecture and art.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Excellent information about Slater Museum. Thanks for sharing.