The Anthropology Museum

Gamelan Musicians

Museum News:

Coming Soon!! The Museum celebrates 50 years with an exciting exhibit titled CURATED BY DEKALB and a dynamic event with forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs on October 23, 2014.




Museum Artifact

Current Exhibits:

Fragments: Haiti Four YEars after the Earthquake: - January 24, 2014 - July 1, 2014

The Children of Native America: a traveling exhibit from the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures -  July 1, 2013-July 27, 2014


Hours of operation:



 Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 Phone: (815) 753-2520


Cole Hall Anthropology Museum 


The Anthropology Museum is a teaching museum with collections available for research. Research may be conducted by students for coursework, Independent Studies, Graduate Thesis, and by NIU faculty and staff. Researchers outside the NIU community can also access the collection for research with specific requests.

The Anthropology Museum also serves university students through the Department of Anthropology and the Museum Studies Program.


NEH Textile Grant

NIU Anthropology Museum receives Preservation Assistance
grant from NEH