Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology
Neff Hall - Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260
(316) 978-7068

Monday - Friday 1-5PM
September - May
free

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Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology - Wichita, Kansas
Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology
Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology in Neff Hall - Wichita State University

Neff Hall on the Wichita State University Campus in Wichita, Kansas houses one of the best kept travel secrets in the State of Kansas. The Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology is a fascinating, free museum which you will probably have entirely to yourself. We were blown away as we explored the Mary Lynn Oliver Gallery and the staircases and hallways of Neff Hall. We probably didn't find all that the museum has to offer.

The Holmes museum is a teaching museum operated by students enrolled in the Wichita State's Museum Studies Program and gives potential museum professionals hands on experience in museum administration, operations, and exhibition. The museum's collections include a wide range of cultural, archaeological, and biological objects, with the largest collections being Asmat and Native American.

This museum is a delightful surprise, but I feel like the program is overlooking an important area of museum operations - promotion. Not only would students promoting the Holmes Museum open the museum to many more visitors, students could learn about vital parts of running a museum such as reaching a larger audience and potentially developing sponsors.

The bulk of the museum's collection is devoted to the Asmat people, who live in Papua New Guinea. In 2001, the Holmes Museum of Anthropology sent an expedition into the Asmat region to collect one of the largest and most important collections of Asmat art in the United States.

The Holmes Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday afternoons from September to May. It is closed weekends and through the summer. Allow a minimum of 45 minutes to tour the museum. Some people will spend most of the afternoon.

Group tours are welcome with a two week advance notice. 


The Asmat Creation Story

Native Amaericanm Navho pottery
San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery from the four corners area
of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado

Native American, Hopu Kachina dolls
20th Century Hopi Kachina dolls

Asmat ancestor figures at the Holmes Museum of Anthropology
Asmat ancestor figures


Prehistoric Kansas pottery from the Waconda Lake (Glen Elder Reservoir) area of Kansas

Wichita Kansas anthropology
Wichita peoples timeline

Asmat spirit canoes (wuramon)
Exhibits and displays line the 1st and 2nd floor halls. The long pieces along the top are Asmat spirit canoes (wuramon),
bottomless wooden dugout canoes used to hold  variety of spirits.

Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology Map - Wichita, Kansas
Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology Map

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