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Arizona State Museum
University of Arizona
" the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region and brings to life the culture history of the Greater Southwest, from the mammoth hunters to the present, through many ongoing research projects. The museum's rich and varied collections are among the most significant resources in the nation for the study of Southwest anthropology."

British Museum

Canadian Heritage Information Network
"...the information gateway to museums, galleries, and heritage in Canada and around the world."
Includes a nice collection of Virtual Exhibitions
Department of Canadian Heritage

  • Artefacts Canada
    "...previously known as the National Inventories, provides access to information on millions of museum objects, natural history specimens and archaeological sites. These records, contributed by museums and heritage organizations across Canada, have been assembled into three groups [ Humanities, Natural Sciences, Archeological Sites]."

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Includes a well designed Virtual Museum section with a number of fine online exhibits

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

  • American Indians and the Natural World - (dead link)
    "Through exploration of four different visions of living in and with the natural worldóthose of the Tlingit of the Northwest Coast, the Hopi of the Southwest, the Iroquois of the Northeast, and the Lakota of the PlainsóNorth, South, East, West: American Indians and the Natural World examines the belief systems, philosophies, and practical knowledge that guide Indian peoples' interactions with the natural world."

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Institution

French language database of over 7500 ethnologically important objects representing 10 French museums.
"L'ensemble de cette base regroupe des objets , ainsi que des documents iconographiques (peintures, dessins, estampes,cartes postales, tirages photographiques, plaques de verre...) axÈs sur l'Ethnologie (mais aussi, ‡ plus long terme, sur les sciences et techniques). Ce catalogue s'enrichit rÈguliËtemernt gr‚ce aux informations (notices et images) fournies par les musÈes."

Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History - Bishop Museum

Hudson's Bay Company Digital Collection - (dead link)
Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Minnesota State University - EMuseum
Their extensive exhibit sections include History ; Biology ; Cultures ; Prehistory ; Archaeology.
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Museum of Civilization in Quebec City - (dead link)

National Anthropological Archives
"Its collections represent the four fields of anthropology -- ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology -- and include manuscripts, fieldnotes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars."
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Current online exhibits include:

National Museum of Saudi Arabia

  • Written in Stone : Inscriptions from the National Museum of Saudi Arabia
    "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rich in ancient inscriptions. They form a priceless resource for the study of the region's cultural and linguistic heritage ... This 'virtual exhibition' presents some examples of the Epigraphy Collections of the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, many published here for the first time. The exhibition is presented as the first product of an international partnership between the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC, USA) and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)."

National Museum of the American Indian - (dead link)

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri

  • Tempus Fugit: Time Flies - (dead link) "What is time? Is time a scientific phenomenon that can be universally measured and catalogued? Or do different cultures interpret time in their own unique ways? In this exhibit explore the concept of time in works of art dating from 900 BCE to the present."

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Harvard University

Smithsonian Institution

  • Smithsonian Online Collections - (dead link) "Over the past few years the Smithsonian has been digitizing its catalogues and has been appending images to these records. The On-Line Collections site is the portal through which these collections will ultimately be accessed. You will be able to use the portal site to search for topics or collections across the museums, allowing the user to locate and browse the Smithsonianís treasures."
  • African Voices
    "African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africaís peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment."
    National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
  • Human Origin Program: In Search of What Makes Us Human
    " furthering scientific knowledge about the evolutionary origin of human beings, including our species' relationship and interactions with the natural world. Our ongoing fieldwork and new projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe investigate clues and accumulate precise data about early human adaptation, evolution, and environmental change."

The Textile Museum
Washington, D.C.

University of British Columbia - Museum of Anthropology

University of Denver - Museum of Anthropology - (dead link)

University of Glasgow - Hunterian Museum

The University of Michigan - Museum of Anthropology
"The Museum is divided into eight divisions or "ranges" for curation of collections. These are Ethnology, Ethnobotany, Asian, Great Lakes, North America, Old World, New World, and Physical."


University of Washington - Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

  • Kennewick Man Virtual Exhibit - (dead link)
    "The human remains popularly known as 'Kennewick Man,' found on federal lands in Eastern Washington in 1996, have become the subject of a lawsuit between the federal government and a group of scholars. Pending the outcome of this case, the Burke Museum has been chosen by the court, and with the concurrence of the litigants, as the most suitable repository for the safekeeping of these human remains."
    Sections include: Chronology of Events ; Who Are Native Americans? ; Ancient People in the Americas ; The Idea of Race ; Native American Views ; Anthropologist's Views ; Kennewick Man at the Burke ; Kennewick Man News Update

University of Zurich - Institute and Museum of Anthropology

Wake Forest University - Museum of Anthropology

Future of the Past: Archaeology and Anthropology on the World Wide Web - (dead link)
Paper prepared for the symposium, "The Potential of Museum Web Sites for Research" at Museums on the Web: An International Conference, March 16-19, 1997, Los Angeles, California
By John W. Hoopes, The University of Kansas

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