USU Museum of Anthropology
|Utah State University Museum of Anthropology|
Begun in the 1960s with a single professor's personal collection of artifacts, the museum took up house in the Old Main building in 1984, first in the basement. It moved upstairs to its present location, in the south turret, in 1992.
Relocation and expansion plans
In 2010, university officials announced a plan to relocate the museum from its current 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) room to its own building, the former "Art Barn" on campus, which will be completely overhauled in order to house both the growing museum and a USU Welcome Center. The museum will occupy 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) in the new building and will begin expanding its collections and exhibits to fill the space. The move is scheduled to take place in 2012.
Mission and research
The museum has a mission of educating the local public on the fields of anthropology and museum studies. It also serves as a training and research ground for the USU Department of Anthropology. Students may hold internships at the museum and work toward a Museum Studies certificate.
The museum is also home to the popular "Saturdays at the Museum", wherein free family-centered lectures and hands-on activities are held each Saturday throughout the year.
- "Welcome to the USU Museum of Anthropology". Utah State University. Retrieved 5 March 2010.