Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Museum was founded in 1901 by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a visionary who saw the Hearst as the cultural cornerstone of one of the world's leading research institutions.
Today, the Hearst houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S., preserving and interpreting a global record of material culture as represented by more than 3.8 million catalogued objects. The Museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions, and public programs.
Phoebe A. Hearst's original vision for the museum was "as a great educator" dedicated to "the dissemination of knowledge among the many" and to "giving the people of California every educational advantage." After more than a century of service, we continue to be guided by that vision.
Our exhibition program is designed to reveal the Hidden Treasures of the Hearst Museum and our public programs are dedicated to Diversity-Cultural Arts-Antiquities. The Museum continues to maintain its strong commitment to our vast and varied collections (estimated at 3.8 million objects from all corners of the globe and only a fraction of which can be on display at any one time in our museum gallery). The collections are also in continuous use in support of faculty teaching and research as an integral part of the University's mission.
We strive in all ways to meet our mission: To collect, preserve, research, and interpret the global record of material culture, so as to promote understanding of the history and diversity of human cultures.