The Anthropology Museum is an administrative unit of the Anthropology Department, University of Winnipeg. The Department was established in the late 1960s by Dr. J.H. Steinbring, whose archeological and ethnographic research in Manitoba became the foundation for the material culture collections of the Museum.† Over the years, other members of the Department and the University, as well as private donors, have contributed to the collections providing significant opportunities for practical hands-on, teaching, learning and research experiences.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to use the collections of the Anthropology Museum to explore past and present human biological systems, and integrated patterns of social and cultural life from a cross-cultural perspective through exhibits, classroom demonstrations and research projects.† Incumbent on the Museum is the preservation of the physical and cultural, tangible and intangible heritage in the collections, and the use of these resources in sensitive and responsible manners for the enrichment and enjoyment of students, staff and faculty, and visitors.
Scope of the Collections: The Museum's collections span evidence of the first human and human-like ancestors to the diversity of peoples and cultures in the contemporary world. Holdings of artifacts, associated material and records, and reproductions are divided into three of the main areas of anthropological study covered by the Departmentís curriculum: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography, and Biological Anthropology.