The CSUSB Anthropology Museum was established in 2000 within the then-new Social and Behavioral Sciences Building. The breathtaking gallery space provides expansive views of the surrounding San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains.
The primary mission of the Anthropology Museum is to serve as a teaching laboratory for Museum Studies Certificate students for them to gain hands-on experience in collections management, exhibition development and design, curatorial work, and museum administration. The Museum also aims to present programming that inspires the public to appreciate and to understand diverse communities of people, throughout the world and across time, and that presents anthropological perspectives on topics of interest.
Re/Collect: Memories of Childhood, Curated by Dr. Arianna Huhn, with assistance from Arlene Gutierrez, Brent Bellah, Casey Lee, and Lauren Adams
Telling stories about our lives is a formative act. Through storytelling we not only share information about ourselves, but we fashion our identity. Listening is an act of love. Being present and attending to the reflections of friends, neighbors, and family enables us to learn from the life experiences of those who are the keepers of wisdom, and makes clear that every life matters.
The objects on display in this exhibition embody the biographical stories of Inland Empire community members. They are not mere “things” – they are possessions, made irreplaceable by the accidental meanings they’ve acquired. We asked each participant to use his or her object to reflect back on their childhood. The exhibition shares and celebrates the stories that emerged through this process of autobiographical self-discovery.
The title of this exhibition is meant to emphasize the process of shaping and revealing the self through telling stories. These stories are often crafted in a moment, as a dialogue between teller and listener, when somebody thinks to ask where we come from, who we are now, and what we’ve seen along the way. Simultaneously, the Anthropology Museum takes this exhibition as a starting point for investing in the community as a repository – a collection of valued individuals, experiences, and lives that together reflect the beauty and depth of the human experience.
Student Showcase, Curated by CSUSB undergraduate students
In 2017 the Museum will open an exhibition that showcases student work. Interested students should contact the director of the Anthropology Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In|Dignity, Curated by Dr. Arianna Huhn & Dr. Annika Anderson (scheduled to open January 2018)
Our next community narrative-based exhibition will focus on the experiences of marginalized populations – both the indignities that we face, and the dignities we have for who we are as individuals and as a people.The goal of the exhibition is to bring together our community for the cathartic experience of sharing personal stories of hurt, anguish, frustration, and despair, and to celebrate our resiliancy in remembering that every life matters.
We want to include YOUR story. As an In|Dignity participant, you will be interviewed about your personal experiences with being judged, stereotyped, dismissed, or otherwise treated as less than who you are, and asked to offer advice for promoting compassion, strength, resiliency, and solidarity in today’s world. You will also be asked to loan to the museum one personal possession that represents who you are, or the challenges you have faced. Objects loaned to the museum will be professionally cared for and secured, and will remain on display for approximately one year (January-December 2018).
Interviews will be conducted on the CSUSB campus between December 2016 and February 2017. Other arrangements (email-interview, remote location) can also be made, upon request. Interested community members are urged to complete the online pre-interview survey at their earliest convenience to secure a spot in the exhibition.
We are also interested in partnering with community organizations that would like to organize their members to participate. For more information, please contact the director of the Anthropology Museum, Arianna Huhn, at 909-537-5505 or email@example.com.
- Silver and Silk: Diversity and Resilience among China’s Ethnic
A celebration of the joy, resilience, and diversity of China’s ethnic minority populations through images, dress, and daily life items. Guest curated by William Pink (2015)
- Voodoo: Ritual + Healing
An exploration of Afro-Caribbean religions and their ritual objects. Guest curated by D. Paul Sweeney (2014).
- Abundant Harvest
The traditional material culture of Native American tribes in interior Southern California. Guest curated by Dr. Thomas Long (2013).
The history and archaeology of beads around the world, including technology, economics, and social context. Curated by Dr. Russell Barber (2012).
- Steps Through Time
An Exploration of the Development of the Modern Human Anatomy. Guest Curated by Dr. Wesley Niewoehner (2011).
- Enduring Change
An exhibit of some of the Southwestern items in the Ellins collection. Co-Curated by Dr. Russell Barber and Perry Kroh (2010).
- The Ottoman Worldview
An exhibit of rare Ottoman maps from Turkey. Guest Curated by staff of Bahcesehir University, Istanbul (2009).
An exhibit exploring diverse aspects of handwriting, ranging from origins to various systems to handwriting forensics. Curated by Dr. Russell Barber (2008).
- Celebrations of Death
A review of mortuary practices and rituals around the world. Curated by Dr. Russell Barber (2005).
- Before Cal State
A twelve-thousand-year treatment of the human use of the locale where CSUSB is now located. Curated by Dr. Russell Barber (2002).
The Anthropology Museum has built it collections through donations. In addition to numerous smaller donations, three major collections have been given to the museum:
- The Ellins Collection: About 160 examples of contemporary Native American art, principally from the American Southwest
- The Salenger Collection: About 50 items from around the world, mostly masks and weapons from Africa and New Guinea
- The Webb Collection: About 180 prehistoric and historic ceramic vessels from the American Southwest, mostly Puebloan or Navajo
The Museum is located on the third floor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences building (SB306) on the California State University, San Bernardino campus: 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino CA 92407
Parking is available for visitors in surrounding lots with a permit purchased from the front entrance kiosk.
The Museum is open from 8:00am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday, during the academic year. Summer hours are adjusted to the University’s summer work schedule. Requests for docent tours must be made well in advance of the date of visit. Please call the Anthropology Department (909.537.5502) for further information or to plan your visit.
For any further information, please contact:
Museum Director and Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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