Peabody Museum Collections

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is steward to one of the oldest and largest collections of cultural objects in the Western Hemisphere. Since the late nineteenth century, the Museum has played an active part in the history of American anthropology and in the evolving relationship between museums and native peoples. As a university museum situated in an academic and regional community central to the development and the study of American civic culture, the Peabody strives to make collections widely accessible and engage issues of concern to diverse audiences.

Collections records may contain language, reflecting past collecting practices and methods of analysis, that is no longer acceptable. The Peabody Museum is committed to addressing the problem of offensive and discriminatory language present in its database. Our museum staff are continually updating these records, adding to and improving content. We welcome your feedback and any questions or concerns you may want to share.


The Peabody Today

The collections continue to grow through gift, fieldwork, and purchase. Today, the Peabody houses more than 1.2 million individual objects, 500,000 photographic images, and substantial archival records. Strongest in the cultures of North, Central, and South America, and the Pacific Islands, the Peabody is also caretaker to important collections from Africa, Europe, and Asia. Collection types include Archaeology;  Ethnography; Osteology and Paleoanthropology; and Painting, Drawing, and Prints. 

For questions about the collections or to arrange a research visit, please use our online  Collections Access Request Form.

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The Peabody Museum houses more than 1.2 million individual objects.