About the Peabody Museum

From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.

Exhibitions and Education Programs are the Peabody Museum's principal offerings for the general public. There are currently seven exhibitions on view at the Peabody, with including special exhibitions. The museum's exhibits feature objects and photographs from its vast collections. With nearly 3000 objects on display, this represents only a fraction of its collection of over 1.2 million objects.

The Peabody Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums

The Peabody Museum...

  • Offers exhibitions, workshops, symposia, and publications;
  • Serves a wide public audience through youth and adult educational programs;
  • Allows faculty and students to draw upon the collections to enrich classes and research and
  • Is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium.



View of the Peabody Museum exterior, ca. 1899. PM 2004.24.1828.