Our Mission



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


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.


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.


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. 


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


The Museum will be closed for the summer beginning May 12, 2018 and will re-open in the fall 2018. 


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