National Museum of African American History and Culture launches online "Talking About Race" portal

American Alliance of Museums states that museums have a unique duty to listen, and to educate to help end senseless violence

Important Update: COVID-19

The health and safety of our community guides all of our decisions. As such, West Chester University has been actively monitoring the rapid movement across the globe of the coronavirus, as well as updated travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State. Following the CDC’s public health guidance, the University is taking proactive measures to minimize crowds by canceling events that will draw large audiences. The Museum will be closed until the fall semester.

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.

Opening this month: Earth Day at 50: Lessons for a Sustainable Future

Now open in the museum

April 22, 2021 - April 22, 2022

History & Heritage

Opening September 17 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Museum Annex in the Francis Harvey Green Library

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


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

Museum In the News

WCU Museum Prepares for Sesquicentennial Exhibition


Read More about the Sesquicentennial Exhibition

  The Making of an Exhibit

Students constructing exhibit

Undergraduate and graduate students in Dr. Di Giovine's Museum Exhibit Curation class work tirelessly to bring us the WCU Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology’s upcoming exhibit on Earth Day. Student co-curated annual exhibits are featured in the Museum, located on the first floor of the Old Library Building.

Read More about the Making of an Exhibit

Earth Day at 50 opening a colorful event at West Chester

Earth day group

Read more about Earth Day at 50 opening a colorful event at West Chester


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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