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Welcome to the Hearst 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 Hearst Museum 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.

The Museum's public gallery is temporarily closed for renovation and will reopen for visitors in Spring 2017. However, the collections are available for research and campus class visits. Please see this page for more information about using the collections for teaching or research.


Hearst Museum Collections Portal

The Hearst Museum's new Collections Portal is now online with information for every object in our collections and over 323,000 photos.

Click on image to the left or enter a keyword below to start your search.