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Harrison B. Wilson Archives and The African Art Gallery at NSU: About Us

Norfolk State University Archives is the repository of the non-current, official records of the University, its organizations, students and faculty. The African Art Gallery at Norfolk State University supplements the classroom experiences of the Universit



Ms. Annette Montgomery, Assistant Archivist

757-823-2002, 823-2003

About Us


The African Art Gallery at Norfolk State University displays artifacts from Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gallery exhibits supplement the classroom experiences of the University’s students and enhance their exposure to multicultural learning opportunities by making available to them a campus gallery featuring museum-quality African art pieces whose utilitarian functions are discussed in relationship to the history of the cultural groups they represent.  The African Art Gallery houses approximately 600 pieces of African art.  Included in the collection are textiles, masks, statues, weapons, furniture, currency, ceramics and various other items representing thirteen different countries.

The Harrison B. Wilson Archives is a rich source of primary documents for students, local historians and other researchers.  The NSU Archives and African Art Gallery are located on the 2nd floor of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.


From the North via I-95. Take I-95 South to I-64 East. Take I-64 to Norfolk and exit onto I-264 West. Take the Brambleton Avenue exit and turn right onto Park Avenue. Make the first right turn onto Presidential Parkway.  From the South via I-95. Exit at Emporia on Route 58-E. Travel east on Route 58. Merge onto I-264 and travel through Downtown tunnel. Exit to the right (Va. Beach) and then veer to the left on Tidewater Drive. Go two blocks and turn left on Brambleton Avenue. Travel three blocks and turn left on Park Avenue. Make first right onto Presidential Parkway.

General Information

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking: Park behind the Library and come inside the archives/gallery to get a pass for your vehicle.

Bus groups please call in advance for parking arrangements.

Telephone: 757-823-2002 or 823-2003

ADA Accessible