Haida Effigy Pipe. Carved wood and ivory, with hinged arms. Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Ca. 1840. Photo courtesy of the Peabody Museum

All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

To mark the 150th anniversary of its founding, the Peabody Museum is featuring a major new exhibition: All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology.

Unveiled within a beautifully restored fourth-floor gallery, the exhibition features over 600 objects, many on display for the first time, including items such as Admiral Robert Peary’s dog sledge, exotic materials collected by eighteenth-century Boston ship captains, and stunning archaeological works of art excavated from Ohio’s Turner Mounds. Remarkable artifacts are woven into a compelling narrative that traces the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology, as envisioned and shaped by the museum’s second director, Frederic W. Putnam.

Visitors will enter the world of a late-nineteenth-century museum and be transported into the midst of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, where Putnam and the Peabody Museum presented their anthropological vision and collections to the world.

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Date & Time

  • Sat, April 22, 2017
    9:00 pm — 5:00 pm
    Sat, August 31, 2019
    9:00 pm — 5:00 pm


Regular price of Admission $8-12


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