Lowell D Holmes Museum of Anthropology

Lowell D Holmes Museum of Anthropology The Holmes Museum is a student-run museum at Wichita State University. Come see us in Neff Hall, just east of Rhatigan Student Center!! The Lowell D.
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Holmes Museum of Anthropology is a student run, teaching museum located on the Wichita State University campus. The main gallery features the museum's Asmat collection, which is the third largest in the nation. Throughout the hallways of Neff Hall, there are also numerous student designed and built exhibitions that are regularly being changed out with new material.

Operating as usual

07/12/2021
We were happy to give tours today to the Derby Presbyterian ladies group and the International Rescue Committee student ...
06/24/2021

We were happy to give tours today to the Derby Presbyterian ladies group and the International Rescue Committee student program. The student from the IRC program were from the DRC, Uganda and Egypt.

Happy to have a group from Larksfield Place visit the museum this afternoon.
06/15/2021

Happy to have a group from Larksfield Place visit the museum this afternoon.

Happy to have a group from Larksfield Place visit the museum this afternoon.

Virtual conference starts soon!
06/07/2021

Virtual conference starts soon!

Virtual conference starts soon!

Fun Memories at the Pizza Hut Museum.
05/26/2021

Fun Memories at the Pizza Hut Museum.

Our museum studies internship opportunities at Spirit made the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Newsletter...
05/19/2021

Our museum studies internship opportunities at Spirit made the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Newsletter. You can go to the following link to read it.https://www.wichita.edu/academics/fairmount_college_of_liberal_arts_and_sciences/whatshappening/News/Newsletter/LAS_Spring_2021_Newsletter.pdf

Our museum studies internship opportunities at Spirit made the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Newsletter. You can go to the following link to read it.https://www.wichita.edu/academics/fairmount_college_of_liberal_arts_and_sciences/whatshappening/News/Newsletter/LAS_Spring_2021_Newsletter.pdf

Summer Hours:The museum will be open in the summer by appointment only.  If you would like to visit or schedule a tour p...
05/17/2021

Summer Hours:

The museum will be open in the summer by appointment only. If you would like to visit or schedule a tour please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Summer Hours:

The museum will be open in the summer by appointment only. If you would like to visit or schedule a tour please email [email protected] or [email protected].

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  We have many items representing these cultures in our collec...
05/11/2021

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We have many items representing these cultures in our collection. One such piece is a Siapo or bark cloth painting from Samoa. Siapo is the the Samoan name of a fine cloth made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree.

In Fiji, this linen-like barkcloth is called Masi, in Tonga it's Ngatu. Wherever it's made in the Pacific, siapo is regarded as one of the region's finest and most distinctive art forms. On a day-to-day basis in Samoa, siapo is used for floor mats, bedding and room dividers, but traditionally, it was a common form of clothing. This tradition is still honoured at cultural and ceremonial events, where high chiefs and 'village maidens' (local, unmarried girls) wear siapo during gift presentations.

Siapo is also often given as a gift at weddings, funerals and formal presentations, while it is used to wrap the deceased at funerals and to dress the bridal bed of a high chief's daughter.

This particular piece was collected by Dr. Lowell Holmes while doing field work in Samoa.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We have many items representing these cultures in our collection. One such piece is a Siapo or bark cloth painting from Samoa. Siapo is the the Samoan name of a fine cloth made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree.

In Fiji, this linen-like barkcloth is called Masi, in Tonga it's Ngatu. Wherever it's made in the Pacific, siapo is regarded as one of the region's finest and most distinctive art forms. On a day-to-day basis in Samoa, siapo is used for floor mats, bedding and room dividers, but traditionally, it was a common form of clothing. This tradition is still honoured at cultural and ceremonial events, where high chiefs and 'village maidens' (local, unmarried girls) wear siapo during gift presentations.

Siapo is also often given as a gift at weddings, funerals and formal presentations, while it is used to wrap the deceased at funerals and to dress the bridal bed of a high chief's daughter.

This particular piece was collected by Dr. Lowell Holmes while doing field work in Samoa.

Spring 2021 Exhibit Opening.
04/27/2021

Spring 2021 Exhibit Opening.

Interim President, Dr. Muma and LAS Dean, Dr. Hippisley attended the exhibited opening today.
04/27/2021

Interim President, Dr. Muma and LAS Dean, Dr. Hippisley attended the exhibited opening today.

Exhibit Opening today from 2-5. Hope to see you there.
04/26/2021

Exhibit Opening today from 2-5. Hope to see you there.

Exhibit Opening today from 2-5. Hope to see you there.

04/22/2021
Senior, biology major, Stephanie Bristow, created an exhibit about Ancestral Puebloan Pottery as part of an Independent ...
04/16/2021

Senior, biology major, Stephanie Bristow, created an exhibit about Ancestral Puebloan Pottery as part of an Independent Study in Museum Studies.

Senior, biology major, Stephanie Bristow, created an exhibit about Ancestral Puebloan Pottery as part of an Independent Study in Museum Studies.

Timeline Photos
04/14/2021

Timeline Photos

I was honored to give Bill Walsh a tour of the Pizza Hut Museum.  He was a long time Pizza Hut franchisee and and worked...
04/08/2021
Shock Talk: Out & About "Pizza Hut Museum"

I was honored to give Bill Walsh a tour of the Pizza Hut Museum. He was a long time Pizza Hut franchisee and and worked in the first Pizza Hut building with Dan and Frank Carney. Bill is receiving an Alumni award this month.

https://youtu.be/eldprWx9B4EI

This Shock Talk: Out & About features Bill Walsh ’71, Pizza Hut franchisee and Rachelle Meinecke ’95/98, Pizza Hut Museum curator as they take us on a tour o...

04/05/2021

Gracie Tolley gives you a little sneak peak of the exhibits that that Museum Exhibitions class has been working on this semester.

04/05/2021
It’s exhibit time in Neff Hall!  Stephanie is working on an exhibit as part of an Independent Study. It will feature Anc...
04/03/2021

It’s exhibit time in Neff Hall! Stephanie is working on an exhibit as part of an Independent Study. It will feature Ancestral Puebloan Pottery.

It’s exhibit time in Neff Hall! Stephanie is working on an exhibit as part of an Independent Study. It will feature Ancestral Puebloan Pottery.

Painting day!
03/29/2021

Painting day!

Two of our museum studies certificate students explain why a museum studies certificate is so beneficial.
03/26/2021

Two of our museum studies certificate students explain why a museum studies certificate is so beneficial.

Cheyenne Stillinger and Larry Papenfuss are taking what they have learned in their museum studies classes and applying it to their internships at Spirit AeroSystem and Doc’s Friends Inc.

Read more at https://bit.ly/3fcIoz9

The Museum Exhibition class is busy preparing for their new exhibits.
03/16/2021

The Museum Exhibition class is busy preparing for their new exhibits.

The Museum Exhibition class is busy preparing for their new exhibits.

03/15/2021

Sophomore, Angie Guevara, who is the curator of exhibits at the museum, shares with us a couple of her favorite artifacts.

New exhibit in the RSC created by sophomore Angie Guevara.  The exhibit has religious items from all over the world.
03/02/2021

New exhibit in the RSC created by sophomore Angie Guevara. The exhibit has religious items from all over the world.

New exhibit in the RSC created by sophomore Angie Guevara. The exhibit has religious items from all over the world.

Why get a Museum Studies Certificate at WSU?
03/02/2021

Why get a Museum Studies Certificate at WSU?

Why get a Museum Studies Certificate at WSU?

The Museum Exhibition class visited the Kauffman Museum in North Newton today and heard from exhibit designer Chuck Regi...
03/01/2021

The Museum Exhibition class visited the Kauffman Museum in North Newton today and heard from exhibit designer Chuck Regier.

The Museum Exhibition class visited the Kauffman Museum in North Newton today and heard from exhibit designer Chuck Regier.

Museum Studies student, Larry Papenfuss received an internship at Spirit to work on developing a Smithsonian affiliate a...
02/26/2021

Museum Studies student, Larry Papenfuss received an internship at Spirit to work on developing a Smithsonian affiliate application for "Doc's Friends". Internships provide museum studies students with valuable hands-on experience.

Museum Studies student, Larry Papenfuss received an internship at Spirit to work on developing a Smithsonian affiliate application for "Doc's Friends". Internships provide museum studies students with valuable hands-on experience.

Anthropology major and  graduate museum studies student, Cheyenne Stillinger received an internship from Spirit to work ...
02/26/2021

Anthropology major and graduate museum studies student, Cheyenne Stillinger received an internship from Spirit to work on an exhibit about women in aviation.

Anthropology major and graduate museum studies student, Cheyenne Stillinger received an internship from Spirit to work on an exhibit about women in aviation.

Paid summer internship.
02/26/2021

Paid summer internship.

This summer, join the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for our Summer Internship programs. We offer paid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology, anthropology, education, and related fields. Learn from some of the best archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars in the country. As a Crow Canyon intern, you will get hands-on experience that can help you sharpen your skills. Apply today! Applications are due March 12, 2021.
crowcanyon.org/internship

02/23/2021
Recent Acqusitions

Check out the latest video from the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology staff member, Ria Morgan

02/18/2021
Timeline Photos
02/18/2021

Timeline Photos

Address

1845 Fairmount Box 52
Wichita, KS
67208

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm

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(316) 978-7071

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