For Students

Engage all your senses...

Anthropological collections are primary sources; they are the material culture of those who made, used, and accumulated them. No photograph can duplicate the experience of the "real thing."  Using collections in addition to traditional written texts in your research and learning will challenge you to engage your subject matter in a new way and to consider concepts and issues in a new, and personally meaningful, way.

Gain from the unique experience of viewing and handling anthropological collections at your own pace, up close, and without the physical barrier of a glass case. Peabody Museum artifacts, archives, and staff resources are open to you for use in your class assignments, your independent research, or your search for inspiration in your studies.

"The Peabody, for me, is a place of opportunity. My experience as a work-study research assistant has gone far beyond the basic job description; nowhere else would I have had such opportunities to work with, and learn from, such an array of brilliant researchers while getting to build exhibits, make curatorial decisions, and pursue my own research interests."

—Tanner Amdur-Clark

"From the Oceanic material to the Native American material...this huge variety [at the Peabody Museum] is very important. ...People in every culture worldwide, for the whole of history, have made fascinating things that we can actually examine and see in three dimensions, in ways that are so much more vivid than can ever be the case on a computer screen."

--Ivan Gaskell, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts in the Harvard Art Museum, and Senior Lecturer on History, Harvard University

Watch Prof. Stephen Greenblatt explain why the Peabody is a great resource for students!




Students examine an African hat in English 127: Travel and Transformation on the High Seas: An Imaginary Journey in the Early 17th Century. Photo by Diana Loren.