When you enter the Peabody Museum you’ll be surrounded by towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures as well as precious artifacts of the ancient world. You may not know it but right in our backyard (the Peabody is in Cambridge) is the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.
The Museum was founded in 1866 and is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology. Just a few of its noted exhibits include:
- The largest collection of artifacts known to have survived the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804–06.
- Important collections from South America, including more than 5,000 ancient Peruvian textiles.
- The finest archaeological documentation of the Maya, as well as the most extensive and varied collection of Mesoamerican artifacts and sculpture outside Mexico.
A visit there can be exciting and educational whether you’re 9 or 90. Its perfect for families or individuals looking for a new way to spend a few hours.
And, every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) Massachusetts residents can enter for FREE. Be prepared to present proof of residency and know this offer does not apply to commercial groups.