The website College Rank rates educational institutions on a wide variety of measures. The founders of the site state that “we are passionate about student experiences, student outcomes, and guiding students to colleges where they can be happy and successful. Our mission is to rank everything college, and dissect every aspect of student life.”
Among the website’s new rankings is the 50 Most Amazing College Museums. The Harvard University Museum of Natural History tops the list followed by the Yale University Peabody Museum and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.
Only one museum at a historically Black college or university made the list. The Howard University Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., ranked 47th of the 50 most amazing college museums. The museum opened in 1930. College Rank stated that “Howard University has always had a focus on the importance of fine art.” Included in its collection is the last completed work of African American artist Henry O. Tanner. Other significant holdings of the Howard University Gallery of Art are Renaissance and Baroque paintings, European prints from the 16th through 19th centuries and a collection of African artifacts.