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Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

11 Divinity Ave, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-496-1027
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From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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"nice collection"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum overall, very interesting. However, I do not think it is as exciting as I had hoped. It was a bit small, I was expecting something closer to the Penn in Philly, but was disappointed.

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peabodymuseum, Public Relations Manager at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. We wish we had the display space of the Penn, too!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I take my kids to this place, it is next to the museum of Natural history where kids can play. I like to go and draw. Go on Sunday morning you will see so many little kids.

Thank Bertha P
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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

The Peabody has a very eclectic collection and probably has a huge reserve behind the scenes so it needs more space for me to attribute a fourth star. It could also do with a modernisation. The Lakota exhibition and the Moche pottery presentation are excellent,...More

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Reviewed December 5, 2017

Having just arrived in Boston after a long flight from Australia, ready to do a months work in Harvard - I settled in and checked out the grounds and was delighted to find these museums. Such amazing exhibits and well presented. Very much a treat.

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peabodymuseum, Public Relations Manager at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2017

Welcome to Boston! Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments are all within a five minute walk. Enjoy your month...

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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

We went here thinking we would do this one first then if we had time we’d go over to the Natural History Museum. Turns out, they are physically connected and both included in the same ticket. We started on the anthropology side. The first floor...More

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Reviewed October 19, 2017

Stopped in here for something new to see while visiting Boston and was very impressed. They have a great collection of Native American culture as well as quite a bit from Central & South America. In addition, their collection of birds, animals, marine life and...More

Thank FrqtTrvlr14
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Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

The museum is rather small, but the quality of the pieces on display is incredibly high. As I’ve seen numerous anthropological collections all over the US and Europe, I can say that the “Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West” exposition gives a rather good...More

Thank Yvonne-Posthuma
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

This is a very small Archaeology museum in the campus of Harvard that seems to have a sole focus on Native/Latin American culture. The exhibits are very nice especially the one in the top floor which goes into how anthropology became a field of study....More

Thank jehenson81
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peabodymuseum, Communications Coordinator at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the new All the World is Here exhibit. I hope you didn’t miss Arts of War which features artifacts from Europe, Africa, the Pacific, as well as the Americas? We wish we could display more of the Peabody’s vast collections—less...More

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

I visited the Peabody museum specifically to see the Mayan artefacts and I was not disappointed. If you soaking up some of the local cultural and historic highlights around Harvard University I highly recommend a visit to the Peabody.

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

This museum has fascinating displays that are an educational goldmine. It has a connection with the larger Harvard Museum of Archeology. Take your time - there is a lot to see.

Thank Robert S
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