The Anthropology Museum

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The Anthropology Museum will be open during summer session.


The Anthropology Museum 50th Anniversary Poster


Since its founding in 1964 by Professor James Gunnerson, the Anthropology Museum at NIU has provided dynamic, engaged learning opportunities for NIU students. With strong leadership throughout its history, the Museum has grown a strong collection of 20,000 objects that complement the strengths of the university and enrich the educational environment. This foundation has made it possible for the museum to achieve its most recent and proudest accomplishments, from award-winning exhibits to major federal grants. This years 50th Anniversary Exhibit, Curated by DeKalb: 50 Years of the Anthropology Museum at NIU reflects upon this past and celebrates the museum’s future in becoming the premier, student-centered, research-focused museum in the Midwest.


To learn more about the Museum and its history watch this video.


The Anthropology Museum will be closed starting August 4th. We will reopen on September 8th.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:00pm

and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.