The WCU Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology is a small, but dynamic teaching museum in which students co-curate insightful exhibits based on the Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s archaeological, ethnographic, primatological, historical, and artistic collections. Our collections range from the prehistoric to modern, and span the globe with a focus on the Americas, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

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Now open in the museum

Beyond the Bell

Opening October 7, 2022

Hours of Operation

We are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 p.m. during the academic year.

We are happy to arrange guided tours by appointment

Location

The Museum is located in the Old Library Building at 775 S. Church Street.

Museum In the News

WCU Museum Studies Students Create & install Exhibition paying tribute to Philadelphia's diverse heritage beyond the Liberty Bell.

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West Chester University students pay tribute to Philadelphia's global heritage with new museum exhibition

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Earth Day at 50 opening a colorful event at West Chester

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Object of the Month: Indigenous Andean Hat

Indigenous Andean hat

Indigenous Andean Hat

The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology recently received a grant from the Costume Society of America to aid in the preventative conservation of the unique collection of ethnographic hats in the Edmundo Morales Indigenous Andean Hat and Headdress Collection.  Students are learning basic principles and techniques for working with these textiles, such as this hat from Cuzco, Peru, as they participate in ensuring their long-term preservation.

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