Collections Research Center

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology's Collections Research Center is located in Bristol, RI.  It 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 Center is not open to the public; however, University faculty, students, and researchers are welcome to visit by appointment.  We can accommodate groups of up to twenty people.

Please contact Kevin Smith at least three weeks in advance to discuss space availability and objects of interest.

Students from the Public Humanities program visit the Collections Research Center in Bristol to choose items for their class projectStudents from the Public Humanities program visit the Collections Research Center in Bristol to choose items for their class project

RISD Professor Barbara Seidenath, and class visit the Collections Research Center in Bristol to study and sketch objects associated with adornment.RISD Professor Barbara Seidenath, and class visit the Collections Research Center in Bristol to study and sketch objects associated with adornment.