Guide to Looking

Objects in museum collections are primary sources, just like documents found in a library. However, it is not always obvious how to start reading an object, especially if it is in an unknown “language,” or from an unfamiliar culture.

A Guide to Looking: Researching Objects at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a resource to help students in this process by providing examples of the kinds of questions they may ask when they engage in close examination of an object. Students may want to prepare for their visit to the Peabody Museum by reviewing this guide in advance, or they may even bring it with them as they come to learn from collections. 

Download your Guide to Looking here.