All the World Is Here
Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology
"A striking new exhibition" -- Wall Street Journal
"A kaleidoscopic overview of human cultures, anthropology’s origins, and, the evolution, in real time, of both." -- Harvard Magazine
On April 22, 2017, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology celebrated its 150th anniversary year by opening All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. Unveiled within a beautifully restored 4th floor gallery, this new exhibition features an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, many on display for the very first time. Together they are woven into a compelling narrative tracing the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology as envisioned and shaped by the museum’s second director Frederic W. Putnam.
Visitors enter the world of a late 19th-century museum and are transported into the midst of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition where Putnam and the Peabody presented their anthropological vision and collections to a wider world. The exhibits display remarkable and historically significant items including the dog sledge of Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary, exotic materials traded and collected by 18th-century Boston ship captains, and stunning archaeological works of art excavated from Ohio’s Turner Mounds. The Peabody Museum is pleased to open its doors and collections to the 21st-century public and invite them to be immersed in the fascinating story of a Victorian-era museum’s rise alongside the then-emerging field of American anthropology.
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Quick Stops by Harvard Student Guides During the School Year
Wednesdays, 3:30 pm
Sundays, 11:30 am
During fall and spring while classes are in session, let a Harvard student help you focus on one special object in the galleries. Each Quick Stop lasts about 15 minutes and offers replica objects to handle while engaging in lively conversation about a few interesting artifacts. Be sure to check the schedule for blackout dates.
‘All the World Is Here’ Exhibition Review, History of Anthropology Newsletter
How a Fake Monster Creeped into Our Museums, Hyperallergic
The World in an Exhibit, Harvard Gazette
Anthropolology Anew: The Peabody's Prized Collections, Harvard Magazine (Preview of All the World Is Here exhibition)
Harvard museum marking 150 years with new exhibit, Associated Press
Putting a new face, and new faces, on the 1893 World’s Fair, Harvard Gazette
Haida Effigy Pipe. Carved wood and ivory, with hinged arms. Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Ca. 1840. Native American impressions of their non-Indian partners in the Boston China trade can be seen in the objects they created for the wider market. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, PM 94-57-10/R195 (digital file #60742839) © President and Fellows of Harvard College