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Longyear Museum of Anthropology

The Longyear Museum is Colgate’s unique teaching collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials from Africa, Oceania, and the pre-Columbian cultures of North, Central, and South America.

About the Museum

Colgate's own collections of archaeological artifacts are the foundation of the museum. The collections are strongest in Northeastern archaeological materials as well as pre-Columbian sculpture of Mexico and the Andes. The Longyear Museum typically mounts four or more exhibitions each academic year.

The exhibitions draw upon the Longyear's own collections, as well as loans from museum, gallery, and private collections. The exhibition program aims to demonstrate the rich artistic heritage of indigenous peoples past and present; show that indigenous peoples exist today and continue to produce objects of beauty; and showcase contemporary art produced within non-European cultures.

On a regular basis, the Longyear attempts to exhibit the traditional and contemporary arts of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois people who are indigenous to this area.

Nicole Kroeger '14 made this video about the history of the Longyear as part of a class project. (Please note: the human remains depicted in the archival images included in this video are either casts or have been reported to federally recognized Native American tribes under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Some of these human remains have been repatriated to tribes.)

Opportunities for Students

Colgate students can be involved in Longyear Museum activities in various ways. They can engage in research on the collections, assist in mounting exhibitions, co-curate an exhibition as an intern, or help to develop programming in connection with an exhibition. Several work-study students also assist with office work, gallery preparation, and other tasks. If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities and are currently enrolled at Colgate as a student, please call museum curator, Carol Ann Lorenz, at 315-228-7184.

Contact Information

Phone: 315-228-7184

Carol Ann Lorenz 
Department of Art and Art History
Colgate University 
Hamilton, NY 13346

Hours and Admission

Academic year: Monday — Friday, 9:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

The museum is closed for Colgate university holidays (academic calendar). To schedule an appointment for tours, group visits, or to visit the museum on off-hours, call 315-228-7184.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Exhibitions and Events

Longyear features a variety of historical artifacts and pieces of art through the year.