Guided group tours are available. The museum welcomes class tours, student organizations and special interest groups. Museum staff can tailor tours to faculty or group needs. All groups should make a reservation with museum staff by calling (815)753-2520 at least two weeks prior to intended visit.
The Anthropology Museum at NIU is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Founded in 1964, the Anthropology Museum has engaged students, faculty and visitors for five decades with the material record of cultural diversity and innovation around the world. Now home to over 20,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, the Museum has planned anniversary celebrations to remember our history, strengthen our campus and community relationships, and spotlight the contemporary relevance of anthropology.
This exhibit is a community co-curated exhibition that highlights the depth, richness, and contemporary importance of the Museum and NIU. All of the artifacts on display in Curated by DeKalb were selected by NIU campus or community members, creating a collaborative exhibit that brings together NIU students, faculty, staff, local business owners, and DeKalb residents. Curated by DeKalb is about the people in our community, the cultural objects that inspire them, and the connections that the Anthropology Museum can inspire. Through the eyes of friends and colleagues, visitors will be inspired by the breadth of human achievement and innovation that are represented right in DeKalb’s own Anthropology Museum.