What hours is the Museum open to the public and how much does it cost?

The Museum of Anthropology FREE to all ages and open Tuesday through Friday, 9am - 4pm and Saturday through Sunday, 12pm - 4pm.  

Is the Museum Support Center on Rock Quarry Rd. open to public?

Visitation to the Museum’s off-display collections and American Archaeology Division collections located in storage at the Museum Support Center is available by APPOINTMENT ONLY, and can be accessed by both researchers and the public. Appointments must be made in advance. Email our Collections Manager for scheduling:

Is photography and video recording permitted?

Yes. We encourage Museum visitors to take photos and share their experiences with others -- no flashes may be used and images may only be for private use. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is also allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming.

To protect our visitors and the objects in our museum, the Museum of Anthropology prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in all our museum spaces.

What devices are allowed in the museum?

Phones and tablets are both allowed in the museum, however, to respect all visitors, we ask ringers to be silenced and phone calls to be made and taken outside the museum.

Can I sketch in the Museum?

Yes. We encourage people to do work in the galleries, but only dry materials (pencils) may be used.

Is there a place to eat in the Museum?

There are picnic areas outside Mizzou North and several restaurants on the business loop are within walking distance.

Can I bring food or drink into the galleries?

No. To protect the objects on display, food and drink are not permitted in the galleries.

What types of books does your library house? Can the public borrow them?

Access to the Museum of Anthropology library is unrestricted to the general public during the museum’s office hours. Books are available for reading and researching on site only and are not available for check out. All books in the library can be found through the MU Libraries search engine.

Does the Museum have a gift shop?

Yes. The Museum of Anthropology’s gift shop is located inside the Museum Store on the 1st Floor inside the east entrance of Mizzou North.



Museum employees are prohibited from authenticating and/or appraising the value of artifacts and specimens. Appraisals can be obtained from private dealers and auction houses. You can also try to find an appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers.



Do you accept donations?

We do accept donations but must evaluate their relevance to our collection on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about making a donation, please send photographs, a description, and any background information about the object(s) to our email:

Can I take a tax write-off for a donation?

You should clarify your own personal tax opportunities with the IRS and obtain appraisal information by contacting a licensed appraiser.



All usage requests for Museum images should be e-mailed to the Collections Manager: For permission to professionally photograph or film objects in the Museum or Museum's collections, please contact the Collections Manager. To use or duplicate existing photographs of the Museum's objects or to obtain reproductions of photographs in the photo archives, please email: Permission is generally given for educational use, provided full credit is given to the Museum. Please be aware that some images may not be available for use.



The Museum of Anthropology does not provide conservation services.



It is the Museum of Anthropology’s policy to comply with Public Law 101-601, the "Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 0f 1991." Museum staff will not intentionally collect Native American human remains or objects specified under the Act unless written permission has been granted by the appropriate Native American entity. Any potential submission of a collection containing possible NAGPRA materials (human remains, associated funerary objects, unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony) must be the subject of consultation with the appropriate Native American entity before the collection can be accepted. Written evidence of this consultation, including copies of all correspondence, along with the names of the cultural consultants, tribal leaders, and observers involved, must be submitted with the collection.