Next to Loyola University on St. Charles Avenue, the university's three original buildings face the avenue: Tilton Hall (1902) on the right, Gibson Hall (1894) in the middle, and Dinwiddie Hall (1924) on the left. The Romanesque style, with its massive stone look and arches, is repeated in several buildings around a quad. Modern campus buildings extend another three blocks to the north. These include Newcomb Art Gallery, a 3,600-square-foot exhibition facility offering contemporary and historical exhibits (free, Tues.–Fri. 10–5, Sat.–Sun. 11 – 4). Tulane offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, public health, and tropical medicine.
The Middle American Research Institute and Gallery (504/ 865–5110, mari.tulane.edu), located on the third floor of Tulane's Dinwiddie Hall, includes the world's oldest documented Guatemalan textile collection and replicas of classic Maya sculpture. Established in 1924, the institute's collection also includes rare artifacts like poison-dart arrows from Venezuela and shrunken heads from the Brazilian rain forest. The pre-Columbian artifacts are complemented by an associated collection of books on Latin American culture housed in Tulane's main library (free, Mon.–Fri., 9–4, appointments are recommended).