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The Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology

The Robert S. Peabody Museum is one of the nation's major repositories of Native American archaeological collections. Major collections include materials from the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Mexico, and the Arctic, and range from Paleoindian (10,000+ years ago) to the present day. Since its founding in 1901 through the bequest of Robert Singleton Peabody, the museum has been an important center for archaeological research and education. An 1857 graduate of Phillips Academy with a passionate interest in archaeology, Peabody wanted to encourage young people's interest in the sciences, and to foster respect and appreciation for Native American peoples who have inhabited this hemisphere for thousands of years.

Today, the museum continues its primary role as a teaching museum and unparalleled educational resource for Phillips Academy and the community. Museum programs strive to: 

  • Study and preserve the record of Native American cultures as reflected in archaeological, ethnographic and documentary collections.
  • Serve as an educational resource for teaching archaeology as an interdisciplinary science at Phillips Academy, in the greater community and for the interested public.
  • Teach understanding and appreciation of human culture diversity to prepare students, through knowledge and respect, to live in a multicultural, global community.
  • Explore interactions and relationships between the social sciences (human behavior) and the natural sciences (the physical world).
  • Include Native American people as full partners in the preservation and appreciation of their culture.

Where the past and present meet:
A student’s view of the Peabody.


Location:  180 Main Street - Corner of Main Street (Route 28) and Phillips Street, on the campus of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts  01810
Hours:  By appointment only.
Admission:  Free 
Telephone:  978-749-4490
Fax:  978-749-4495
E-mail: See staff page

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In 1789, Phillips Academy's first scholarships are recorded "in consideration of further promoting the virtuous and pious education of Youth."

Contact Info

  • Visitors Welcome
  • Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.
  • Please call or email for groups or to confirm hours. Closed holidays and weekends.
  • 978-749-4490
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