About the Museum
Welcome to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Phoebe A. Hearst’s original vision for the museum was “as a great educator” dedicated to “the dissemination of knowledge among the many” and to “giving the people of California every educational advantage.” After more than a century of service, we continue to be guided by that vision.
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.
The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is a place where visitors gain a deeper understanding of diverse responses through time and across cultures to humanity’s fundamental questions, challenges and opportunities.
Building upon the University of California’s core values of equity, inclusion and diversity, the Museum embodies in all aspects of its work the following values:
- For the range of perspectives on any given question
- For visitors, by providing experiences that encourage understanding at all levels
- For the dignity and contributions of the people who created the objects in the Museum and for contemporary practitioners whose work might one day become part of our collections
- For the individuals whose remains are held by the Museum
- By being a leader in museum best-practice for ethics and transparency
- As the spark for all meaningful contributions to scholarship and cultural practice
- Rooted in diverse knowledge traditions
- By creating potentially transformational experiences for visitors that deepen understanding and appreciation for their own cultures and the contributions of others
- As the context in which the Museum exists, and as a concept it strives to support
- As a desired outcome of the understanding and learning that occurs in the Museum
- For the cultures and makers represented in the collections and for their descendants
The Online Collections database of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology contains records for over 210,000 objects from our collections.
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