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 inaugural exhibit, "People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World," is now open in its renovated public gallery.
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.
Worth seeing if you have nothing else to do. Very small museum with no real theme. The curation really needs work. Some interesting pieces but the presentation seems contrived in a bad way. Feels like a bunch of Berkeley students went on a backpacking trip without knowing that they will be forced to put pieces for this museum.
There were very interesting things in this museum, unfortunately when I went with my Anthro class, they were under renovation, that really hindered me being able to properly rate this museum as everything seemed in disarray...
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