The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology holds more than one million ethnographic objects, archaeological specimens and images from all parts of the world, with particular strengths in the Americas, Africa and Southeast Asia. These collections include nearly 60,000 objects collected by Rudolf F. Haffenreffer before his death in 1954 and a similar number obtained through fieldwork, donations, and strategic acquisitions since the Museum became part of Brown University in 1955.

The Haffenreffer Museum welcomes researchers to use collections and associated archives for teaching, research, scientific analysis, publication, exhibition, replication of indigenous techniques, and artistic endeavors.  Select collections may be brought to CultureLab for access on the Brown University campus. Access to the Collections Research Center in Bristol, RI is available by appointment.

To request access, please download, complete, and email the Research Request/Collection Access Form to

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