GENERAL QUESTIONS

What hours is the Museum open to the public?

The Museum of Anthropology is 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: gayoua@missouri.edu.

Is photography permitted?

Yes. Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use except where otherwise posted. Flash photography is not permitted. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. 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. We do, however, encourage Museum visitors to take photos and share their experiences with others.

Can I record video in the galleries?

Yes. Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. See our filming request policies for professional filming.

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 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 on inside the Museum Store on the 1st Floor inside the east entrance of Mizzou North.

APPRAISALS

The Museum is a nonprofit foundation and 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.

DONATIONS

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: anthromuseum@missouri.edu.

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.

OBTAINING MUSEUM IMAGES AND FILMING

All usage requests for Museum images should be e-mailed to gayoua@missouri.edu. 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 Photo Archives, please email: anthromuseum@missouri.edu. 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.

CONSERVATION

The Museum of Anthropology does not provide conservation services.

REPATRIATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CULTURALLY SENSITIVE MATERIALS

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.