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Peabody Museum

Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum

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The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, over 130 years old, is one of the many culturally enriching gems of Harvard University. Devoted entirely to anthropology and the cultures of humankind, this specialty museum contributes to the community through exhibits, education programs, and availability of research and instruction resources for students and educators.

George Peabody, the museum's founder, was a Massachusetts native born in the late 18th century. As a self-made millionaire, Peabody devoted his life to financing educational facilities in grants, including the Peabody Museum. Throughout his lifetime, the generous grants resulted in the construction of about two-dozen teaching amenities.

Today the exhibits take up only about twenty percent of the Peabody Museum building. The rest is dedicated to what George Peabody loved best: education. Harvard's Department of Anthropology uses some of the space for lectures, office hours, and research, but the small percentage of exhibits are unique and worth checking out. For example, the museum houses Paleolithic pieces from Western Europe, remains from Lewis and Clark's journey, ancient African instruments, and Peruvian textiles, just to mention a sampling. In addition to artifacts from the past, the museum collects a variety of fairly present objects from around the world, including an Indonesian baby carrier from the 20th century, and a domestic Navajo blanket from the 19th century. Whether it be for a class or some leisurely browsing, come down and check out one of the largest anthropological museums on this side of the globe.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • 9am to 5pm daily
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $12
  • Senior citizens and Students with ID: $10
  • Children (ages 3-18): $8
  • Subway Stop:
  • Red line to the Harvard Square stop
  • Contact:
  • Location: Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA
  • Phone: 617-496-1027
  • Website:
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