Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology

Special Notice from the Peabody

The Peabody Institute building will be undergoing much-needed renewal work in 2023. This will improve the building conditions for humans and for our significant collections. We will be closed to the public through February 2024.

The collections and archives will be unavailable for research access from January 2023 through February 2024. NAGPRA and consultation inquiries will be prioritized but may experience a delayed response. Contact Curator of Collection, Marla Taylor, at [email protected] with any questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Welcome to the Peabody

Robert S. Peabody, Class of 1857, founded our institution in 1901 with three goals in mind: to introduce the students of Phillips Academy to the world of archaeology, to promote archaeological research, and to provide a place for students to gather.

Today’s Peabody Institute employs collaborative learning to actively engage students, teachers, scientists, and Native Americans with the institute’s significant archaeology and anthropology collections, while also encouraging and enlivening cultural discourse on race and gender.

Exhibitions are not our focus, however, we are happy to talk with you about what we do or provide a tour of our collections. For more information visit our blog at or contact us at 978.749.4490 or [email protected].

Interested in Archaeology?

Join the Massachusetts Archaeological Society! The Northeast Chapter holds evening monthly lectures during the academic year at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology.

Currently the Massachusetts Archaeological Society's monthly lectures are held virtually, via Zoom. Please contact the Massachusetts Archaeological Society to request a link to attend the Zoom lecture.

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The Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology contains more than


artifacts, photographs, and documents.


The Peabody recently discovered a sacred scroll in its collection belonging to White Earth Nation in Minnesota. Listen to Director Ryan Wheeler tell the story and discuss repatriation with tribe members on Every Quarter.

Dig Deeper Into The Peabody

A Student Examining Bones

Peabody Programs

Andover faculty collaborate with the Peabody to develop unique class experiences.

People Sitting on the Grass

Meet the Peabody

Learn more about our staff and educators at the Peabody.

Three Women Smiling

Linda S. Cordell Memorial Research Award

This award supports research at the Peabody using the collections of the institute.

Native Artifact

Browse the Collection

See our collection of more than 600,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents.

Peabody staffers and White Earth Nation reps

NAGPRA & Repatriation

The Peabody has a long history of repatriation work with indigenous peoples.


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