Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Boston

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Boston

The Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology opened its doors in Divinity Avenue on the Harvard Campus in 1866 and is the oldest museum of anthropology with the largest collection of North American archaeology and ethnology in the world.

In this museum, you will find North American artifacts, including the largest collection of objects from the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the Central American exhibition, you will see the most comprehensive documentation and artifacts relating to the Maya, Mesoamerican and Aztec civilizations ever collected. The South American Collection includes over 5000 ancient Peruvian textiles. There is also a rare collection of objects from Hawaii, Fiji, and Tonga.

The Asian, African, Oceanic and European Collections contain ten photographic archives documenting the culture of the natives of these continents. There are temporary and permanent exhibitions of ritual instruments, textiles and icons relating to the gods worshipped by our ancestors.

This truly amazing museum houses 1.2 million artifacts, over 2000 maps, and more than 350.000 photos. If this isn’t enough to keep you happy, you can feast your eyes on a collection from over 80 countries of both human and primate remains and numerous fossils to be found in the Osteological Collection.

Why You Should Visit:
While not overly large, this museum has a number of pieces and displays that you probably won't really find anywhere else.
Curiosities from all over the world: shoes, head coverings, clothing, bowls, pottery, and other items from daily life are packed heavily into this space.
The signage is quite educational and easy to read. The lighting and cabinets are a bit dated but do not detract from the experience.

Tip:
The admission ticket to Peabody covers both this museum and the adjacent Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Opening Hours: daily: 9am - 5pm

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Sight Name: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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