The Department of UP Arts, and more specifically the University of Pretoria Museums, manages and curates vast art and heritage collections that are held at various university locations. The museums carry out objects-based research, manage permanent exhibitions, conduct daily collections management and perform vital conservation of these collections.
Furthermore, the museums provide teaching and learning support to academic departments, students and faculties. The four keystone museum collections that are unique to the University of Pretoria comprise of a vast South African and European art collection, ceramic, sculptural and an archaeological collection. The University of Pretoria's museums are members of the South African Museums Association (SAMA), International Council of Museums (ICOM), African Council of Museums (AFRICOM) and University Museums and Collections (UMAC).