Anthropology Museum

Anthro Museum Snapshot

History

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.

Mission

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.

Exhibits

Current Exhibition

Silver and Silk: Diversity and Resilience among China’s Ethnic Minorities, Guest Curated by William Pink (2015)

This exhibit celebrates the joy, resilience, and diversity of China’s ethnic minority populations (shaoshu minzu). The collection features images, dress, and daily life items of several of China’s ethnic minorities. Guest curator William Pink has visited China countless times to meet and share in the rituals and daily life of China’s ethnic minority communities. The result is a collection that takes the viewer on a journey through China’s ethnic landscape, honoring the strength and beauty of a diverse population.

Upcoming Exhibition

Re/Collect: Memories of Childhood, Curated by Dr. Arianna Huhn & student Assistant Curators

This exhibit will display objects saved from childhood, as lent to the Museum from members of the San Bernardino community. These objects will be displayed along with personal stories about what the objects mean to their owners, and what memories they have of the object as a part of their childhood. Visitors will see their own experiences reflected in these stories, and learn about culturally- and biologically-related processes of memory and meaning making. The exhibition will open to the public on Tuesday, May 31st 2016 at 5pm.

If you are interested in having your story included in this exhibition, please submit your contact information using this form.

Previous Exhibitions

  • 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).
  • Beads
    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).
  • Handwriting
    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).

Collections

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

Location

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.

Hours

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:

Arianna Huhn
Museum Director and Assistant Professor of Anthropology
ahuhn@csusb.edu
909.537.5505