Current Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures

 Artistry in Weapons across Cultures

 

From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, this exhibition offers more than 150 striking examples of weapons that are also extraordinary works of art. See a preview of the exhibit.  Read more


Moche Ceramics

 Deciphering Culture through Art

The Moche archaeological culture, which thrived along the north coast of Peru between 1,100 and 1,700 years ago, has received worldwide attention and acclaim for its distinctive and elaborately crafted pottery.   Read more


Nasca Ceramics: Ancient Art from Peru's South Coast

Nasca bowlPresenting 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

 


Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay 

Four-Hole Ocarina Bird, Costa Rica. PM# 17-3-20/C8064

This bilingual exhibit (English and Spanish) features nearly 80 spectacular examples of ocarinas from the Peabody Museum’s vast collection. Uncovered at archaeological sites in Central America and Mexico, these musical instruments were crafted from local low-fired clay and carefully fashioned, incised, and painted into a variety of human and animal forms. 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