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Due to the weather, the Museum is closed on Tuesday, January 27. All Tuesday programs and some Wednesday programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for regular updates.

The Museum will be open on Wednesday, January 28, during regular hours, from 10 am to 5:45 pm.

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Inside the Collections: Pacific Peoples

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The artifacts on display, including the pataka below, in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples represent just a fraction of the 26,000 objects in the collections of the Museum’s Division of Anthropology.

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Join assistant curator of Pacific Ethnology Jennifer Newell on a tour of some collections highlights, including lei niho palaoa, Hawaiian pendants made of braided human hair and whalebone or -tooth; a carved bird head from Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island; and a whale-riding Maori ancestor figure known as Paikea. Visitors can also find a number of whale-related artifacts from the Anthropology collections on view in the Museum's special exhibition, Whales: Giants of the Deep now open through January 5, 2014.  


Members: Dr. Newell leads an upcoming behind-the-scenes tour anthropology collections Tuesday, October 22. Learn more and buy tickets.

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Learn more about Dr. Newell and her work in a video.


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