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Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human...more
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11 Divinity Ave, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you have kids this place is a must visit ! The exhibits are engaging and exciting. There are also short videos... Be sure to visit the top floor - where there are amazing pre-columbian objects... The museum connects to Harvard's Museum of Natural History....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LouisCambridge
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

This was included with admission to the attached museum of natural history. Great collection, but it was a long day and the kid couldn’t keep up momentum. Would love to go back and read more.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank nutsong
Reviewed 16 November 2018

Considering this is a university museum (although it is Harvard), there is a quite a display of diverse historical artifacts. It was not crowded on a Sunday afternoon, so we could easily take our time and see everything. The South American exhibits were especially of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Annielovestravel
Reviewed 14 November 2018

The exhibit of the Mayan steles was very nice (I love Anything about Meso America, pre-Columbian time). You don't need a tour or city pass to go here. Just use the excellent mass transit system & do it yourself. It is a lot of walking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Three floors of remarkable specimens; including native Americans, transcultural comparisons of weapons of war, meso-American artifacts, and an entire top floor collection about the watershed 1893 World Fair (“Columbian Exposition”). The displays are extraordinary, ranging from dioramas and themed displays to a thoughtful selection of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank fred200099
Reviewed 4 November 2018

featuring a lot of loot by Harvard alumni. And there is so much museum theory now, even more so re anthropology and ethnography, that you just can't win, especially at Harvard. And from that perspective, the Peabody works extremely well, including retaining (consciously) some of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Aethelred
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Full of important cultural artefacts, this place has a lot to offer and you will need 2-3 hours to explore. There are a lot of interesting details regarding the indigenous history. If this is your first time to an ethnology museum, you will be impressed;...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alulim
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Have heard about this museum for quite a well, finally got to visit it. Nice displays of native American artifacts on the 1st floor; 2nd floor focused on the Americas and 3rd floor on the development of the museum and its collection. Lots of interesting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank ECWorld
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

I really enjoyed the stunning museum. Besides the indigen peoples exhibition I enjoyed the pan American culture part and the geology and zoological exebitions a lot. I would rate this museum clearly in my private list of museums as number one! Also check out the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank marcotM6144ZA
Reviewed 30 July 2018

While touring Harvard we visiting the museums on campus. This was a real treasure!!! Impressive collection!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Heather K
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