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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley

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The Museum was founded in 1901 by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a visionary who saw the Hearst as the cultural cornerstone of one of the world’s leading research institutions. Today, the Hearst houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S., preserving and interpreting a global record of material culture as represented by more than 2.9 million catalogued objects. The Museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions, and public programs.

Through ongoing integration of multiple perspectives and the active stewardship of global archaeological, biological and ethnographic collections, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology supports scholarly and community-based research and provides exhibitions, educational experiences and cultural programs that strengthen and connect the communities of UC Berkeley and the Bay Area.

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  • I went out of my way to visit, expecting to spend a couple hours in a real anthropology museum illuminating world cultures. But this was very small, mostly one special exhibit on mind-altering... 
    I went out of my way to visit, expecting to spend a couple hours in a real anthropology museum illuminating world cultures. But this was very small, mostly one special exhibit on mind-altering...  more »
  • This is the best museum I've seen for native American art. That includes dolls, weavings, pottery, etc. It is well displayed and the docent was knowledgeable. 
    This is the best museum I've seen for native American art. That includes dolls, weavings, pottery, etc. It is well displayed and the docent was knowledgeable.  more »
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  • I really am sorry to be a downer but this Museum sucks. It is literally one room with a partition in the middle that you walk around. The only thing worth seeing there is Ishi's artifacts, the Egyptian sarcophagus and the Greek pottery. I didn't mind spending the $6 a person to go see ishi artifacts however, they don't have them all out. That was the only reason we went to this Museum. At the time I was there they only had out the arrowheads he made of glass. The funny thing is there's a sign on the wall talking about how they have 3.8 million artifacts. When we asked for these were, we were told they were under the museum and they only bring them out from time to time. We were very disappointed. I'm sure glad we didn't drive farther than we did to go here.
  • Fascinating displays! A small museum of just a few rooms, depending on the way they've set up the displays, it packs a lot into a small space. Highly recommended and most enthusiastically!

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