Education at the Museum

The Museum supports the University's dedication to public education by providing exhibits that convey the richness of Missouri's prehistory and the diversity of Native American cultures throughout the United States. Collections not on exhibit are also available for faculty and students to draw from to supplement classroom experiences and for special projects.

Guided tours of museum exhibits and other public programs are available to area schools, community organizations, and other interested groups. Please visit our Tour Information page under the VISIT tab for more information. Additionally, the Museum provides a variety of opportunities for students to gain experience in museum methods and practices.


Elementary and Secondary Education

At Your School

In addition to our programs at the museum, the Museum of Anthropology offers the possiblity of our staff coming to you. We have a variety of objects in our teaching collection that we are able to bring to the classroom. Past visits have included talks about Native Missourians and cultures around the world. If you would like to coordinate a visit to your school from the Museum of Anthropology, please email our education coordinator:

Source By Sunday Collaboration

Starting in 2018, the museum will be collaborating on a weekly basis with the Columbia Public Schools Social Studies Department, to bring a weekly article and activity to the classrooms that highlight an object from our collections. 

After School Workshops and Summer Camps

New programs will be announced when available.

The museum's generally holds an after school workshop once a month.  Workshops are free but a donation is appreciated to help cover costs. The workshops include presentations on artifacts and cultures from the designated areas as well as fun activities such as craft projects, traditional folktales, music and games. Children’s classes offered through the Museum of Anthropology take place at Mizzou North in either room 707 or the Anthropology Library from 3:30-5:00pm. They are designed for children ages 6 -12. A donation of $3 -5 is suggested to cover the cost of supplies. Class sizes are limited to the first 20 registrants, so please call 882-3573 or send an email to to enroll your child.