Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary


Oct 08, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue
Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary open house
Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary open house

All day community open house with activities presented as part of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology's 150th anniversary. Free event parking 11:-00 AM–5:00 PM. #Peabody150 

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Special Event for All Ages

9:00 am–5:00 pm

Observe 150 years of the Peabody Museum—one of the first archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world—with free admission to the galleries all day.   

12:00–4:00 pm

From noon to 4:00 pm, enjoy complimentary birthday cake, live music, and hands-on activities. See treasures rarely on exhibit--including the FeeJee Mermaid and the Lewis & Clark bear claw necklace--meet museum staff responsible for stewarding one of the finest collections of human cultural history, and visit the Zooarchaeology Lab to touch and identify animal bones.

Free and open to the public. Free event parking all day available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.


Schedule of Events

Birthday Cake                                                                           

12:00–4:00 pm Complimentary for all. Join us for a song and cake cutting at 12:00 pm. Cake served until 4:00 pm.

Live Music          

Stroll the galleries to musical accompaniment.

12:00 pm  Camelia Latinjazz Band
Cuban, Brazilian, Bachata and other Latin rhthyms punctuated with jazz solos

1:15 pm    Nettukkusqk Singers
An intertribal quartet of women from Wampanoag and Nipmuc homelands performing traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles, and water drum

2:45 pm   Henry Acker Jazz Trio  
This 12-year old guitar impresario heads a family trio that plays exhilarating jazz in the hot swing style of Django Reinhardt

Curator’s Choice Artifacts                                                      

Curators bring out a rarely-seen treasure every 40 minutes.

12:00 pm     FeeJee Mermaid 

12:40 pm     American anthropologist Frederic Putnam’s pipe

1:20 pm       Grizzly bear claw necklace from the Lewis and Clark expedition

2:00 pm       Jadeite jewel of an Aztec goddess

2:40 pm       90,000 year-old human skull from Skhul, Israel

3:20 pm       Hand-painted color image of Tibetan camel caravan


12:00–4:00 pm   For enthusiasts of all ages                                             

  • Model a tiny replica of a human or animal head to adorn a Mesoamerican vessel
  • Handle antique plaster casts and make a color rubbing as a hieroglyphic souvenir
  • Try a unique tool to date the age of colonial-era excavations
  • Visit a working laboratory to identify animal bones associated with archaeological sites
  • Handle a spear thrower
  • “Please Touch” a changing array of curious objects, including a bear’s paw and a lantern slide viewer 

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