Current Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Haida pipe "A kaleidoscopic overview of human cultures, anthropology’s origins, and, the evolution, in real time, of both." -- Harvard Magazine  Read more


Caspian: The Elements

 The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Caspian: The Elements features the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography.  The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through the contested borderlands of the Caspian Sea.  Read more

Nasca Ceramics: Ancient Art from Peru's South Coast

Nasca bowlBilingual exhibitPresenting rich and colorful imagery of cats, foxes, falcons, people, and mythological beings, Nasca pottery is a captivating window into the beliefs and customs of this mysterious ancient people.  Read more


Ongoing Exhibitions


Change & Continuity: Hall of the North American Indian

Hall of the North American Indian

Diverse North American cultures are explored through the objects produced by indigenous peoples of the nineteenth century. The Changes and Continuity exhibit considers historic interactions between native peoples and Europeans during a period of profound social change. Read more

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead altar


The Peabody's exhibition of a Day of the Dead altar or ofrenda is located in the Encounters with the Americas gallery. It represents the original Aztec origins of the holiday and the Catholic symbols incorporated into the tradition.  Read more


Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard

Digging Veritas


Using archaeological finds from Harvard Yard, historic maps, and more, the Digging Veritas exhibition reveals how students lived at colonial Harvard, and the role of the Indian College in Harvard’s early years. Read more   Digging Veritas Online


Encounters with the Americas

Encounters with the Americas


Encounters explores the native cultures of Latin America before and after 1492, when the first voyage of Christopher Columbus initiated dramatic worldwide changes. Read more

The Legacy of Penobscot Canoes: A View from the River

The Legacy of Penobscot Canoes


Explore the enduring importance of rivers and canoes in Penobscot tribal life and on relationships between the tribe and non-Indians. This new installation features a rarely seen full-size bark canoe purchased from Penobscot Indian Francis Sebattis in 1912, as well as stone tools collected by Henry David Thoreau, who described the Penobscot and their canoes in The Maine WoodsRead more

Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West

 Lakota Images of the Contested West

Co-curators Castle McLaughlin and Lakota artist Butch Thunder Hawk use ambient sound, motion, scent, and historic and contemporary Plains art to animate nineteenth century Lakota drawings from a warrior’s ledger collected at the Little Bighorn battlefield. This exhibit presents Lakota perspectives on westward expansion while exploring culturally-shaped relationships between words, objects, and images. Related Publication: Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon” by Castle McLaughlin (Houghton Library/Peabody Museum Press). Read more