A College Like No Other in a City Like No Other
Transylvania’s campus is full of history and heritage. We’re a thriving institution of higher learning, but we’re also a landmark in the development of our country. Come see for yourself why we’re so special.
Points of interest on campus
Constructed in 1830–34 and designed by frontier architect Gideon Shryock, Old Morrison has served many roles over the years, housing classroom space, a church, a Civil War hospital, and—today— administrative offices. The remains of two former Transylvania professors are even interred inside.
The Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum
Displaying a selection of Transylvania's extensive holdings of scientific artifacts, anatomical models, and botanical paintings used in the early nineteenth century at Transylvania's medical school, which trained thousands of doctors who practiced throughout the young American republic.
Library Special Collections
Rare books and manuscripts, including paintings by John James Audubon, personal papers of Henry Clay, and scholarly texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Transylvania campus is a gracious blend of old and new. At its heart, you’ll find Old Morrison, a registered National Historic Landmark and a supreme example of Greek Revival architecture. Surrounding Old Morrison are spacious lawns, classroom buildings, our library, theater spaces, and many other academic buildings.
Visitors to our campus tread the same ground as many pioneering figures from American history. Transylvania’s students, faculty, and trustees include statesman Henry Clay, founder and hero of Texas Stephen Austin, U.S. vice presidents John C. Breckinridge and Richard M. Johnson, Supreme Court justices John Marshall Harlan and Samuel Freeman Miller, and many others.
While visiting us, be sure to:
Take in a performance or lecture in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center or Little Theater
View contemporary artwork in the Morlan Gallery
Tour the Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum
Walk our urban neighborhood, including historic Gratz Park
Explore Lexington’s many nearby restaurants, businesses, and attractions
At Transylvania, we’re proud of our history, and our present. Brochures, tour guides, and more information are all available in Old Morrison when you visit. Look around our website, plan your visit, and come see us soon.