The Anthropology Museum

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Museum News:

NIU Anthropology Museum receives Preservation Assistance
grant from NEH


The Anthropology Museum has invited experts from around the world to NIU to discuss Haiti’s contemporary realities four years after the earthquake.  Click here for dates. 

Fragments: Haiti Four Years after the Earthquake opens January 24th. Based on the activist anthropology of Professor Mark Schuller, this powerful exhibit explores the lives and living conditions of Haitians today.

On Oct 18th, the IAM (Illinois Association of Museums) awarded The Anthropology Museum with the Superior Achievement Award for its student-produced exhibition, Trowels & Fair Trade: Revealing the Underground Railroad and Contemporary Slavery, Curated by Ashlee Craig and Kweku Williams. link to release

On Oct 18th, the IAM awarded graduate student Ashlee Craig with the IAM Graduate Student of the year award. link to release

2012 -2013 Annual Report


Museum Artifact

Current Exhibits:

Fragments: Haiti Four YEars after the Earthquake: - January 24, 2014 - May 10, 2014

The Children of Native America: a traveling exhibit from the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures -  July 1, 2013-July 27, 2014


Hours of operation:


 Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 Phone: (815) 753-2520


Cole Hall Anthropology Museum 


The Anthropology Museum is a teaching museum with collections available for research. Research may be conducted by students for coursework, Independent Studies, Graduate Thesis, and by NIU faculty and staff. Researchers outside the NIU community can also access the collection for research with specific requests.

The Anthropology Museum also serves university students through the Department of Anthropology and the Museum Studies Program.