BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures

BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures The MPC offers a variety of exciting experiences and is always open to new visitors! Current exhibits include Exposed Film & Returning to Bethlehem.
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The Museum of Peoples and Cultures exists to serve the academic mission of BYU and care for the anthropological, archaeological, and ethnographic collections in the custody of the University. The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is BYU’s Teaching Museum, inspiring students to life-long learning and service and mentoring them in collections-focused activities that reinforce BYU ideals of education as spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building. These activities concurrently serve the scholarly community, the LDS community, and/or the general public and aspire to the highest standards of stewardship and public trust. The Museum supports this mission by 1. Collecting, preserving, and caring for material objects that document the diversity of human experiences and reflect the multi-faceted fabric of the world’s cultures past and present; 2. Providing a professional learning environment for BYU students through a broad range of instruction in both formal and informal settings; through programs that enable student participation; and through example and role-modeling; 3. Facilitating teaching and research on peoples and cultures by BYU faculty, staff, students, and by members of the scholarly community in peer institutions; 4. Creating new knowledge through scholarly research including field activities, research, and exhibitions; and, 5. Educating museum visitors about peoples and cultures as appropriate to the Museum’s holdings and collecting scope.

⚒Archaeology Merit Badge Blitz 2019⚒ Thank you leaders for bringing your Boy Scouts to last Wednesday’s activity! ...
05/17/2019

⚒Archaeology Merit Badge Blitz 2019⚒ Thank you leaders for bringing your Boy Scouts to last Wednesday’s activity! We hope your Scouts had a fun archaeological experience at the museum!

Maya FHE!!! Thank you to everyone who came and supported the opening of our newest exhibit! We are so glad to share this...
05/15/2019

Maya FHE!!! Thank you to everyone who came and supported the opening of our newest exhibit! We are so glad to share this rich culture with you! Also, we would like to extend a big thank you to the Maya weavers who came to the opening and demonstrated their beautiful craft for us. It was amazing to watch!

We are currently looking for individuals that would be willing to share a little bit of their native culture through pre...
05/03/2019

We are currently looking for individuals that would be willing to share a little bit of their native culture through presentations and activities at our upcoming Passports event on July 19, 2019.

The goal of passports is to help people connect to cultures from around the world through traditional/modern dance, art, and entertainment. Individuals are invited to share what their culture is like and how their heritage is embraced today. We would very much like this to be an exciting, interactive event and we really need the help of your students!

If you would be interested in either participating or volunteering to help with this event, please contact us through email or come into the museum directly for further information. The best email to reach us at is [email protected] and our address is 2201 N Canyon Rd. Thanks, and let us know if you have any questions!

Goodbye Bethlehem exhibit! Thank you to all the individuals who made this exhibition possible and to the visitors who ca...
05/01/2019

Goodbye Bethlehem exhibit! Thank you to all the individuals who made this exhibition possible and to the visitors who came to see us! We are under construction right now but look forward to our upcoming exhibit, “Maya Weaving: Colors of Enchantment.”

This is your last chance to see these dresses! Our Returning to Bethlehem exhibition will be open until April 26th. But ...
04/12/2019

This is your last chance to see these dresses! Our Returning to Bethlehem exhibition will be open until April 26th. But don’t worry! The MPC will have more exciting exhibitions coming soon! #mpc #byu #museum #dresses #bethlehem @ BYU

Thank you to all who attended our 3rd annual HeX Student Research Symposium! We had some amazing student presenters this...
03/29/2019

Thank you to all who attended our 3rd annual HeX Student Research Symposium! We had some amazing student presenters this year! 📖

Human Experience Student Research Symposium 2019
03/29/2019

Human Experience Student Research Symposium 2019

Human Experience Student Research Symposium 2019

Starting at 11am today in the WSC Garden Court!!!
03/27/2019

Starting at 11am today in the WSC Garden Court!!!

These couples were true survivors! Thank you for coming out to our Survivor Date Night! #mpc #byu #byumuseum #provo #uta...
03/21/2019

These couples were true survivors! Thank you for coming out to our Survivor Date Night! #mpc #byu #byumuseum #provo #utah #museum #byuevents #datenight

Have you seen our newest exhibition? Stop by and see “Exposed Film”! Learn about the history of BYU Archaeology thro...
03/05/2019

Have you seen our newest exhibition? Stop by and see “Exposed Film”! Learn about the history of BYU Archaeology through photography 📷 #BYU #Museum #byumuseum #photography #film #culture #archaeology @ Provo, Utah

Night at the Museums 2019
02/26/2019

Night at the Museums 2019

More from Night at the Museums!!! 🌙
02/26/2019

More from Night at the Museums!!! 🌙

We had such a blast with you at Night at the Museums! ✨ #Museum #byu #mpc #people #culture #provo #nightatthemuseum
02/26/2019

We had such a blast with you at Night at the Museums! ✨ #Museum #byu #mpc #people #culture #provo #nightatthemuseum

MPC’s newest exhibit, “Exposed Film,” is opening tomorrow! Take a look at excavations through the lens of BYU’s ...
02/20/2019

MPC’s newest exhibit, “Exposed Film,” is opening tomorrow! Take a look at excavations through the lens of BYU’s Archeology Department. You won’t want to miss our interactive photos on display!

Calling students of all majors! Apply to present your personal research on any topic having to do with the human experie...
02/13/2019

Calling students of all majors! Apply to present your personal research on any topic having to do with the human experience. The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 14th and the HeX Symposium is on March 27th! Visit our website for an application that will only take 10 minutes!
Apply at: mpc.byu.edu

2019 Exhibits
02/12/2019

2019 Exhibits

These couples really got into the Egyptian spirit! Thank you to all the couples who came to our Sphinxes & Sweethearts D...
02/12/2019

These couples really got into the Egyptian spirit! Thank you to all the couples who came to our Sphinxes & Sweethearts Date Night last Friday!!! Be sure to look out for our monthly date nights! ✨#BYU #museum #mpc #mummy #datenight

Calling students of all majors! Apply to present your personal research on any topic having to do with the human experie...
02/06/2019

Calling students of all majors! Apply to present your personal research on any topic having to do with the human experience. Applications are due Feb. 11th and the HeX Symposium is on March 27th! Visit our website for an application that will only take 10 minutes!
Apply at: mpc.byu.edu

Want to explore Bethlehem but can’t afford a ticket? Take a trip to the MPC to see many beautiful objects from Bethleh...
01/29/2019

Want to explore Bethlehem but can’t afford a ticket? Take a trip to the MPC to see many beautiful objects from Bethlehem such as these Mother-of-Pearl carvings. #mpc #byu #motherofpearl #bethlehem #museum

Good job girls! These young women did fantastically at our Activity Day Girls event! We hope you enjoyed scavenger hunts...
01/25/2019

Good job girls! These young women did fantastically at our Activity Day Girls event! We hope you enjoyed scavenger hunts, games, and embroidering bookmarks! 📚 #mpc #byu #byuevents #provo #utah #activitydaygirls

A night of embroidery 🌙 Thank you to all of the couples who came to our Culture Me Mine Date Night! #datenight #byu #...
01/21/2019

A night of embroidery 🌙 Thank you to all of the couples who came to our Culture Me Mine Date Night! #datenight #byu #museum

In Bethlehem, the high Shatweh bridal headdress is traditional and is often embellished with coins or seven silver chain...
01/08/2019

In Bethlehem, the high Shatweh bridal headdress is traditional and is often embellished with coins or seven silver chains symbolic of wishes for long life (sabe’ arwaaah) for the bride.

Have you seen our collection of olive wood carvings? Visit our Bethlehem exhibit any week day!
01/04/2019

Have you seen our collection of olive wood carvings? Visit our Bethlehem exhibit any week day!

How was your Christmas holiday? Enjoy more of this special Christmas spirit at MPC’s “More than a Manger” exhibiti...
12/27/2018

How was your Christmas holiday? Enjoy more of this special Christmas spirit at MPC’s “More than a Manger” exhibition. Our doors are open Dec. 26th-28th and January 2nd onward. Come check it out!

Have a great Winter Break! The MPC will be open all of the next week but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,...
12/14/2018

Have a great Winter Break! The MPC will be open all of the next week but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Years Day. Come while we are open and visit our Christmas-related exhibitions!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas FHE!!! We had over 200 people come! We hope you enjoyed looking at our e...
12/04/2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas FHE!!! We had over 200 people come! We hope you enjoyed looking at our exhibits and making poinsettia flowers! #museum #poinsettia #flowers #christmas #fhe #byu #mpc

It’s a merry merry Christmas for these couples! Check out their amazing gingerbread houses from around the world! #mpc...
12/04/2018

It’s a merry merry Christmas for these couples! Check out their amazing gingerbread houses from around the world! #mpc #byu #datenight #byuevents #museum

A date night success! These couples killed it! Literally... After an eventful night of auctioning, bad blood, murder, an...
11/14/2018

A date night success! These couples killed it! Literally...

After an eventful night of auctioning, bad blood, murder, and accusations, our murderer was finally caught! Thank you to everyone who came to our Mystery Dinner Date night!

Today we opened up a brand new exhibition: “More than a Manger.” This exhibit features nativities made by native art...
11/13/2018

Today we opened up a brand new exhibition: “More than a Manger.” This exhibit features nativities made by native artists from the American Southwest. Stop by the museum to view this collection of unique nativity sets.

Dia de los Muertos
11/07/2018

Dia de los Muertos

Thank you for coming to our Day of the Dead event! We had a blast!
11/05/2018

Thank you for coming to our Day of the Dead event! We had a blast!

Check out these awesome face paintings from Día de los Muertos!🔶 Fun fact: Skull face painting during Día de los Mu...
11/04/2018

Check out these awesome face paintings from Día de los Muertos!
🔶 Fun fact: Skull face painting during Día de los Muertos is symbolic for overcoming death and remembering loved ones that have passed on. 🔶

Yesterday, the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures in partnership with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation cele...
10/17/2018

Yesterday, the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures in partnership with the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation celebrated the opening of a new exhibit entitled - Returning to Bethlehem: A Cultural Pilgrimage. The exhibit features the Palestinian wedding costume collection of Hanan and Farah Munayyer of the Palestine Heritage Foundation, mother of pearl items from the Enrique Deccarett collection, and olive wood carvings from Bethlehem artisans.

Numerous representatives from the religious communities of Salt Lake City and Ogden were in attendance including the Islamic community of Salt Lake City, the Armenian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Antioch congregations of Salt Lake City and Ogden, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

The gathering was welcomed by Renata Forste, Associate Vice President of International Programs at BYU and Paul Stavast, Director of the MPC. Numerous students who had worked on this two year museum studies project were also in attendance.

Our new exhibit opens tomorrow! Come visit “Returning to Bethlehem” and see beautiful and unique Palestinian wedding...
10/17/2018

Our new exhibit opens tomorrow! Come visit “Returning to Bethlehem” and see beautiful and unique Palestinian wedding dresses. Don’t miss out!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Culture Me Mine Date Night! These couples really got their creative on and designe...
10/02/2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our Culture Me Mine Date Night! These couples really got their creative on and designed some amazing pots! See you at our next date night! #byu #datenight #mpc #provo #pottery #museum #byuevents @ Provo, Utah

Thank you for coming to our Around the World FHE! It was a blast to see so many families and YSA FHE groups play our int...
09/18/2018

Thank you for coming to our Around the World FHE! It was a blast to see so many families and YSA FHE groups play our international games last night! 🕌 We have free FHEs every month so keep an eye out for our upcoming events! #byu #mpc #fhe #gamenight #provo @ Provo, Utah

Welcome back to our Fall hours! Tuesdays we're open from 9-7. Check out our upcoming events at mpc.byu.edu and we'll see...
09/04/2018

Welcome back to our Fall hours! Tuesdays we're open from 9-7. Check out our upcoming events at mpc.byu.edu and we'll see you soon!

We're grateful for all our patrons who have supported us since our Allen Hall days. We're sad to see it go, but we're ex...
08/02/2018

We're grateful for all our patrons who have supported us since our Allen Hall days. We're sad to see it go, but we're excited for the future.

BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures's cover photo
08/02/2018

BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures's cover photo

#byuchina #passports2018
07/21/2018

#byuchina #passports2018

Thank you to all the performers who came to Passports. We had a blast!! #summeraroundtheworld  @ BYU's Museum of Peoples...
07/21/2018

Thank you to all the performers who came to Passports. We had a blast!! #summeraroundtheworld @ BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures

Address

2201 N Canyon Rd
Provo, UT
84604

General information

The MPC is the anthropology and archaeology museum at BYU located at 2201 N Canyon Rd. Provo, UT 84604 We have FHEs, date nights, scouts activities, children's programs, and more throughout the year. General admissions are free. Most events are free or inexpensive.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(801) 422-0020

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