Anthropology Museum is a hidden, informative place on campus


The Anthropology Museum showcases a variety of tribal pottery and dolls from the late 20th century. The museum is located at the third floor of the Arts and Behavioral Science Building in Room 301 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo credit: Jorge Villa

The Anthropology Museum, one of the hidden secrets of El Camino, is located on third floor of the west side of the Art and Behavioral Science Building in Room 301.

The Anthropology Museum was founded by Walter Foster in the 1960. Foster had a class where he had students make dioramas and he then displayed them in the Special Resources Center. Some of those dioramas can still be found in the Anthropology Museum.

When EC was expanding in the early ’70s, Foster campaigned to have a gallery in which students can design and install exhibits in that gallery. From that, the Anthropology Museum came to be.

Exhibits cover every bit of anthropology from physical anthropology exhibits to primate skeletons to archaeology exhibits. Students can also find pottery from Central, North and South America.

“The best thing about the Museum is that it gives students exposure to careers in museums” Dr. Blair Gibson, anthropology professor, said.

Students that have been to the museum have all had good things to say about the museum. Some said that it is very informative. However, some students didn’t know there was an Anthropology Museum.

“My favorite part of the museum is the old age skull of the old age monkey,” Chifwa Mwanachilenga, 24, communications major, said.

The museum is open every day from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.