Numbering more than 12,000 works, the Addison's collections include significant American paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography by generations of artists from Colonial times to the present. The museum also offers special exhibitions throughout the school year as well as an educational outreach program, slide lectures, concerts and gallery talks. The museum is wheelchair accessible, and is available for group functions and receptions during non-operating hours.
At the hub of Andover's intellectual life is the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, named after the famous physician, poet and wit, who was a member of the class of 1825. The building, which consists of the original 1929 structure and an addition of 30,000 square feet completed in 1988, contains the Academy's main collection and special collections totaling over 100,000 volumes. The library subscribes to over 200 current American and foreign language serials, receives several daily newspapers from throughout the country and has an extensive retrospective periodical collection in microform.
One of the nation's major repositories of Native American materials, this teaching and research museum contains more than 500,000 artifacts ranging from Paleo-Indian to contemporary, representing nearly every indigenous culture area in North America. The museum is located at the corner of Main and Phillips streets and is open by appointment only.
Moncrieff Cochran Sanctuary
In 1929, trustee Thomas Cochran, Class of 1890, purchased and gave to the school a tract of 125 acres, stating, "It would be my ideal to make this…a natural piece of ground intersected by paths and adorned by ponds and trees…by birds and wild flowers." Today, the sanctuary, named for Cochran's brother Moncrieff, Class of 1900, is precisely what Cochran dreamed. The academy welcomes walkers in all seasons and cross-country skiers in the winter. The gate is open each day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance to the sanctuary is located between Nathan Hale and Fuess houses, at the end of Chapel Avenue.
Spectators experience a great thrill when cheering on Phillips Academy athletes. Andover has more than 30 sports teams ranging from football to water polo and the stands are always packed with family, friends and visitors.
The music department holds musical events throughout the school year performed by students, faculty and professional guest artists. Something for nearly every musical taste is offered, from chamber music, solo recitals and symphony to choral music and jazz.
The theatre and dance department puts on as many as 30 productions and programs a year, ranging from dramatic presentations to Broadway musicals. Call the box office at 978-749-4433 for performance times and ticket information.