Using Collections in Your Courses

The Academic Programs staff will work with you to explore the Peabody's collections for appropriate collections and archives for your course. Just a few of the possibilities for classroom hands-on engagement include

  • Delivering collections for in-classroom discussion and study that meet in the Museum for sections and seminars. 
    • If your course does not regularly meet at the Museum, we can make arrangements for your students to meet in our facilities with a specific group of objects.
  • Working with you to develop assignments and activities based around museum collections.
    • If a class research project or paper requires use of collections, museum staff can arrange drop-in research hours for students to view and work with objects in our dedicated collections viewing area.
  • Developing and delivering staff-led workshops or training your TFs to do so.
  • Delivering guest lectures in the classroom on the history of the museum, the history of anthropology, or other related topics.
  • Creating online access to specific museum collections or data for class use.
  • Developing small teaching displays for class use.

Other class activities include:

  • Staff-led tours of our storage areas so that students can view large selections of objects, as well as learn about their care.
  • Gallery talks connecting current exhibitions to themes selected by faculty. Faculty can also request to reserve gallery space for self-guided gallery visits led by course heads or teaching fellows.

To discuss these and further possibilities, please contact Diana Loren, Director of Academic Partnerships at dloren@fas.harvard.edu.