Collections & Research

Collections Online provides access to approximately 700,000 object records and over 600,000 associated digital media records. Users can do a quick search, a more advanced search, or browse preselected groups of commonly requested objects.

Red and yellow feathered cape from Hawaii

Collections Overview

The Peabody Museum stewards a large and historic collection of anthropological materials from across the globe. Learn more about the scope and breadth of the collections.

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Communities and individuals both on campus and further abroad engage in diverse ways with the Peabody Museum. Learn more about some of the projects and programs.

NAGPRA requires the Peabody and other museums, in consultation with Tribes, to identify and return Native American human remains, funerary objects, objects of cultural patrimony, and sacred objects.

Engage with Collections

Interested in learning more about a specific collection or item at the Peabody? Or working with the collections in person? The museum has staff devoted to public engagement with the collections and we’d love to hear from you! 


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Close up of hieroglyphs.

Maya Corpus Program

The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyhic Inscriptions Program is an active publication series, field research and archive of ancient Maya inscriptions and art, begun in 1968 at the Peabody Museum. We welcome you to browse the published monuments from twenty sites and learn more about the ongoing work. Click here for image requests.

Learn More about the Corpus