Mission Statement

The Gallaudet University Museum promotes and interprets the rich and complex deaf experience.

Vision Statement

As a premier research and information resource center, the Gallaudet University Museum will:

  • Provide national leadership on public presentations of deaf history and contemporary life of the deaf community.
  • Collect and preserve cultural material for scholarly research and for posterity, working in close collaboration with the Gallaudet University Archives.
  • Exhibit artifacts and ideas that inform, inspire, and challenge
    common understandings of deaf life from cultural, linguistic, and sensory perspectives.
  • Create public programming serving the campus, the neighborhood surrounding Gallaudet University, diverse Washington, D.C. constituencies, and local, national, and international audiences.
  • Advance the educational mission of Gallaudet University by providing opportunities for shared research and academic collaboration.

Role of the Museum

A museum provides an unparalleled venue for sharing cultural information, history, and stories through the artifacts it exhibits, the films it screens, the artwork it displays, and the personal experiences it shares.  The Gallaudet University Museum will present the heritage of an evolving cultural community, and trace the historic roots of the University.  

By promoting the open exchange of ideas about what it means to be deaf - and conversely, what it means to be hearing - with the local, national, and international communities, the museum will inspire examination of community identities.  

As a place of historic, linguistic, and cultural scholarship, the museum will also serve the University and its visitors as an accessible resource on deaf life and artistic expression.