Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Peabody Museum is located in Boston
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum
Location within Boston
Peabody Museum is located in Massachusetts
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum (Massachusetts)
Peabody Museum is located in the United States
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum (the United States)
Established1866; 156 years ago (1866)
LocationHarvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°22′41.50″N 71°06′53.30″W / 42.3781944°N 71.1148056°W / 42.3781944; -71.1148056
TypeArchaeology museum
Ethnographic museum
AccreditationAmerican Alliance of Museums
FounderGeorge Peabody
DirectorJane Pickering
William and Muriel Seabury Howells
CuratorIngrid Ahlgren
Ilisa Barbash
Patricia Capone
Diana Loren
Stephanie Mach
Michele Morgan
OwnerHarvard University
Public transit accessHarvard (MBTA)
Nearest parkingStreet
Websitewww.peabody.harvard.edu
Hopi Paho,  for Mamzrauti dance, collected before 1892. Native American collection, Peabody Museum
Hopi Paho, for Mamzrauti dance, collected before 1892. Native American collection, Peabody Museum
Coclé gold plaque, from Panama, circa 700 AD, excavated by a Peabody Museum expedition, 1930
Coclé gold plaque, from Panama, circa 700 AD, excavated by a Peabody Museum expedition, 1930
Bronze plaque depicting chief flanked by two warriors, Benin Empire, 1550–1650 AD. African collection, Peabody Museum.
Bronze plaque depicting chief flanked by two warriors, Benin Empire, 1550–1650 AD. African collection, Peabody Museum.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a museum affiliated with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums focusing on anthropological material, with particular focus on the ethnography and archaeology of the Americas. The museum is caretaker to over 1.2 million objects, some 900 feet (270 m) of documents, 2,000 maps and site plans, and approximately 500,000 photographs.[1] The museum is located at Divinity Avenue on the Harvard University campus. The museum is one of the four Harvard Museums of Science and Culture open to the public.[2]

History

The museum was established through an October 8, 1866 gift from wealthy American financier and philanthropist George Peabody, a native of South Danvers (now eponymously named Peabody, Massachusetts).[3] Peabody committed $150,000 to be used, according to the terms of the trust, to establish the position of Peabody Professor-Curator, to purchase artifacts, and to construct a building to house its collections. Peabody directed his trustees to organize the construction of "a suitable fireproof museum building, upon land to be given for that purpose, free of cost or rental, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College".[3]

In 1867, the museum opened its first exhibition consisting of a small number of prehistoric artifacts from the Merrimack Valley in Harvard University's Boylston Hall. In 1877, the long-awaited museum building was completed and ready for occupancy. The building that houses the Peabody was expanded in 1888 and again in 1913.

Collections

Peabody Museum is steward to archaeological, ethnographic, osteological, and archival collections from many countries and covering millions of years of human cultural, social, and biological history, with particular focus on the cultures of North and South America and the Pacific Islands, as well as collections from Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Source: The Peabody Museum, Collections by Area[5]

Permanent exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions

Source: The Peabody Museum, Current Exhibitions[6]

References

  1. ^ "Peabody Museum Collections". www.peabody.harvard.edu. Peabody Museum. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "About". Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Watson, Rubie (2001). Opening the Museum: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (PDF). Cambridge (Mass.): The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-87365-839-6. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Radsken, Jill (30 October 2017). "Feejee Mermaid offers haunting image at Harvard museum". Harvard Gazette.
  5. ^ "Collections by Area". Peabody Museum. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Current Exhibitions | Peabody Museum". www.peabody.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-04.

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