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“Extraordinary Patience Required, and Will be Repaid Eventually” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
103 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3712
510 642 3682
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Ranked #41 of 70 things to do in Berkeley
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“Extraordinary Patience Required, and Will be Repaid Eventually”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, founded in 1901 and now named for its major patron, houses a fine collection that will be restored to view by 2014 but is currently closed for a major renovation. From 1903 to 1931, the collection was physically located in San Francisco. In the early days, the museum attracted many visitors who were keen to see Ishi, a native American who actually lived there from 1911 until his death in 1916. Resident native informants are unlikely to be featured in the renewed physical facilities on the Berkeley campus when the museum reopens after renovation, but it certainly will merit a visit. Incidentally, the building in which the museum collection is housed is named after a distinguished anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber (1876-1960) who was trained under Franz Boas at Columbia and taught at Berkeley. The museum itself was for a time named for another distinguished anthropologist, Robert Harry Lowie (1883-1957), but was renamed for Hearst. Much as we may appreciate our scholars, we must appreciate money more.

Visited June 2012
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“what a collection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The museum is small, but excellent. The collection of objects from Egypt and Peru is amazing. Ever seen a crocodile mummy? The California native American collection is also good, but not displayed as well.

Visited March 2012
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“Intersting collection...worth a visit if seeing UC Berkeley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2005

Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Musuem is an interesting museum of Native California Cultures as well as other international cultures. It has a vast collection of 260,000 plus items - they regularly change the display to show only some of the most interesting items from this collection. There is also a good museum art store. If visiting the UC Berkeley Campus, its a nice place to stop by for a visit for half hour or an hour. Its located in Kroeber Hall on campus. The museum does charge a small admission charge.

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