Research Visits

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University is currently closed. Our Peabody Research department is unable to schedule any visits until further notice.  Please email and we may be able to assist in a limited way with research questions that do not require an in-person visit. Please visit our collections online, Thank you.


The Peabody Museum has an extremely active research program and is not able to accommodate walk-ins or last minute requests.  Do not make travel arrangements or adjust your personal schedule before confirming your appointment with the PM Research staff. All research visits are by appointment and the date/time you are requesting may not be available. 

Requests & Protocols

The Peabody Museum collections and associated documentation are available for teaching, research, publication, exhibition, replication of indigenous techniques, and artistic endeavors. The nature and conditions of use must be consistent with the Museum's commitment to the care of its collections. Allow at least six weeks' advance notice to schedule appointments. You may submit inquiries or arrange visits via our online Collections Access Request Form, email us at or contact us in writing at the address below.

Appraisal & Authentication

For legal, ethical, and best practice reasons, Peabody Museum staff and curators are unable to authenticate or appraise objects in person or via email. Please contact the regional branch of the Appraisers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers directly. The Museum is in no way affiliated with these organizations.

Peabody Research
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, Mass. 02138

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A researcher uses bones from the Museum's Zooarchaeology Laboratory comparative collection to identify bones found at Swiss lake archaeological sites.