Current Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Muchos Méxicos: Crossroads of the Americas

ceramic jar with open-mouthed parrot

Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a site of human innovation, creativity, and cultural diversity. Presented in Spanish and English.  Read more   Leer en Español

Resetting the Table: Food & Our Changing Tastes

 a table set for formal dinner

Resetting the Table explores food choices and eating habits in the United States, including the sometimes hidden but always important ways in which our tables are shaped by cultural, historical, political, and technological influences.  Read more

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


Uncovering Pacific Pasts

outrigger canoe model

Explore the role of Harvard scholars in informing our understanding of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific.  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