Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology


The Museum's Mission, History, and People.


A resource across the university and beyond, the Haffenreffer Museum inspires creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. We provide opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the gallery in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center. Through this work and more, the HMA connects our campus and wider community to the world's cultural creativity.

Native Lands

We acknowledge that the HMA's Manning Gallery on the Brown University campus is located in Providence, Rhode Island, on lands that are within the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The HMA's Collections Research Center in Bristol, Rhode Island, resides on the traditional homelands of Wampanoag peoples, who have stewarded this land through the generations. We recognize and respect their enduring relationships to this place, in the past, present, and future. Read more about Brown University's Land Acknowledgement here.


The HMA upholds the Statement on Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action composed by The Corporation of Brown University. As a department within Brown, the Museum commits to providing equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, in the administration of its policies, programs, and activities.

Collection Management Policy, Access Forms, and Resources.
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