Explore some of the museum's one million objects.

     (How? Look, touch, examine, listen, smell, discover)

     (Why these objects? Some are here because they’re being used in classes, others to show the diversity and depths of the collection)      

Discover the similarities and diversities of the world's cultures.

     (Why? Because it’s a way to understand ourselves and others.)

Learn about the work of anthropologists and archaeologists.

The Haffenreffer Museum's CultureLab offers opportunities for visitors to get a hands-on, in-depth experience with objects from the Museum's permanent collection.  Come in to examine objects of interest, try one of our exploratory activities, or complete a class assignment; CultureLab is open for everyone.  CultureLab assistants are available for the handling of objects by appointment.  Faculty interested in making objects available for class assignments or scheduling a class visit to CultureLab may contact Kevin Smith at Kevin_P_Smith@brown.edu or 401-863-5701.  Groups are encouraged to call at least two weeks in advance to schedule the space.

Faculty, see our CultureLab brochure for more information.

Learn more about using objects with your courses


Learn how faculty member Elizabeth Hoover has used CultureLab with her class

Thawing the Frozen Indian in CultureLab--Gallery Talk with Elizabeth Hoover from Haffenreffer Museum of Anthro on Vimeo.