The Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology began in 1966 as the Museum of Man, at the bequest and initiation of Dr. Lowell D. Holmes, Professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Over the next 33 years it grew slowly and became known throughout the campus as a small but interesting museum. The collections and exhibitions include cultural items from around the world and archaeological objects predominantly from the American Midwest and Southwest. In 1999, the Department of Anthropology and the museum moved to a new location in Neff Hall.
The museum has two main functions; to support the educational mission of the Department of Anthropology and Wichita State University and to be a teaching museum operated by students enrolled in the university's Museum Studies Program, which includes the Graduate Museum Studies Certificate. This program gives potential museum professionals hands-on experience in museum administration, operations, and exhibitions. The museum's collections include a wide range of cultural, archaeological, and biological objects. Museum artifacts are not only used within the Department of Anthropology, other departments, campus wide, use the museum's collection for research.
The museum is funded primarily by private donations and is continually working to fund student scholarships, student positions, exhibitions, field collecting expeditions, curation supplies, equipment, and acquisitions. If you are interested in helping the museum with the donation of objects or funds please contact Rachelle Meinecke, the Museum Director or contact the Wichita State University Foundation.
Group tours are available, with a two week notice.
Please contact the museum to schedule your tour.
Location & Hours of Operation
The museum is located on the first floor of Neff Hall on the campus of Wichita State University.
The museum is free and open to the public, donations are accepted.
Announcement from the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology Director, Rachelle Meinecke
Dear friends of the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology,
Due to increasing health concerns related to COVID-19 our museum is now closed through the end of the semester. All scheduled tours and the spring exhibit opening have been either cancelled or postponed. The Museum office will remain open as needed. The student staff will still be working limited hours. Look for the “artifact of the day” posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We are currently working on a new and improved website but until it is functional, look for updates on social media and feel free to email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.