Paul R. Stewart Museum

Mission

For over 130 years, Waynesburg University’s Paul R. Stewart Museum has striven to preserve the history of the University as well as to educate the public on regional, national and international cultural and geological heritage. Its mission is to support, care for, and accept articles for its collection; to make its collection open to the public; to cooperate with other societies and organizations with the same objectives; and to provide its diverse audience with a place to find information and meaning.

Hours

The museum is undergoing a period of transition, so its hours of operation may vary. We recommend that you call ahead.

  • Partial, self-guided tours are available Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30
  • Full, guided tours are available by appointment only
  • Groups are welcome
  • Admission is free

Museum Location

Miller Hall – Bottom Floor
51 W. College St.
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Contact Us

Courtney Dennis, Associate Director
Phone: 724-852-3214
E-mail: cdennis@waynesburg.edu

The Collection

The Paul R. Stewart Museum at Waynesburg University has a vast and varied collection that appeals to almost any curiosity. Its holdings include mineral specimens; fossils; Native American artifacts; local pottery and glass; fine art; objects and documents pertaining to the history of Waynesburg University; objects and documents with local, national, and international historical and cultural significance; and more!

Donations

Do you have an item that fits into the scope of our collection? Would you like to support the work the museum is doing? We accept both in-kind and monetary donations. Contact the Associate Director to discuss ways you can give to the Paul R. Stewart Museum.

History of the Paul R. Stewart Museum

In 1887, space was set aside on the second floor of Waynesburg’s second campus building, “New College,” for a museum. The building was eight years into the 20-year timespan it took to complete it. President A.B. Miller, who the building was later named for in 1935, asked friends and colleagues to “send fossils, minerals, shells, stuffed birds and quadrupeds, old coins, rare books, Indian relics of all kinds, and everything else of interest in such a place.” New College was dedicated in 1899, and the museum was formally opened in 1911.

To better accommodate its growing collection, the museum was moved to the first floor of Miller Hall. As the collection continued to expand, the museum was moved again to the newly-opened gymnasium in the early 1940s. In 1964, after Stewart Science Hall was completed, the museum moved to the first floor of that building, where the focus became the expansion of the mineral collection. In 1994, the museum was moved back to Miller Hall through a grant from CONSOL Energy and dedicated in the name of Paul R. “Prexy” Stewart, Waynesburg’s 10th president who served in that capacity from 1921-1963. After five locations and four moves, the museum is still serving the campus community and the public! Contact us to schedule a tour or for assistance with your research needs!