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Our Mission

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Mission

We foster imagination, curiosity and an appreciation for cultural diversity by providing dynamic educational experiences that explore the field of anthropology.

Vision

The museum distinguishes itself among university museums as a groundbreaking center where interdisciplinary approaches to the study of humans for creative engagement unite campus and regional communities.

Values

Collections Stewardship

We exemplifies the highest standards of the museum profession and serves as an excellent example for best practices in collections stewardship. By providing stable, secure and environmentally sound conditions for the permanent collections, the Pick Museum will demonstrate integrity and accountability in collections management.

Education

As an important part of Northern Illinois University, the Pick Museum promotes excellence in education through original research, innovative exhibitions and engaging programs. In support of NIU’s strategic imperatives, we strengthen the educational environment, demonstrate the regional and global impact of NIU scholarship and serves as a cultural destination for both the university and regional communities. 

Community

We will foster a shared sense of community by extending its programs beyond campus to include local and regional audiences. The museum’s programs engage diverse audiences in content that is relevant and meaningful to their lives.

Contact Us

James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick
Museum of Anthropology
Cole Hall 114
815-753-2011
jkirker@niu.edu 

Hours

Tuesday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

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