Esther Atkinson Museum of Hampden Sydney College

1 College Road
Hampden Sydney, Virginia 23943


The Atkinson Museum displays items and exhibits on the more 225 years of Hampden-Sydney College history. Temporary exhibits are included in the general offerings of the Museum and feature subjects chosen to compliment studies at the College. From fine art to military history, these exhibits feature specialized speakers and are open free of charge to the public.

The Museum is open afternoons Tuesday through Friday and on special occasion Saturdays. For more information please call 434-223-6134. Hours: 12:30 to 4:30 Tues - Fri.

Named for 17th-century English antiroyalist John Hampden and Algernon Sydney, this Presbyterian-affiliated college was established in 1775. It is the oldest private charter college in the South. Patrick Henry, who helped obtain the charter from the General Assembly in 1783, and James Madison were among the college’s first trustees. Student companies were formed here during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.




Esther Atkinson Museum of Hampden Sydney College

(434) 223-6134