About the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching and research museum. A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world.  We provide opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the gallery in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center.

The Haffenreffer Museum acknowledges that Brown University currently resides on the traditional homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples, who have stewarded this land through the generations. We recognize and respect their enduring relationships to this place, in the past, present, and future.

The museum offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events for all ages. The Gallery can be found at Manning Hall on the Brown University campus in Providence, RI, and are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM (excluding holidays). 

The Collections Research Center is located in Bristol, RI. It houses the museum's administrative offices, research spaces, the Circumpolar Laboratory, and the Education Outreach Program.  The Center is not open to the public;  however, University faculty, students, and researchers are welcome to visit by appointment. Learn more about the Haffenreffer Museum's collection, including how to book a research appointment or class trip, on our Collection page.  

 The Haffenreffer Museum upholds the Statement on Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action composed by The Corporation of Brown University. As a department within Brown, the Museum commits to providing equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.