Did you know that the Logan Museum houses approximately 15,000 ethnographic and over 300,000 archaeological objects from 123 countries and more than 480 cultural groups? Somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 of these objects can be seen on exhibit in the museum’s first floor visible storage gallery, the “Cube.” Many of the rest are stored in the basement of Godfrey in storage areas that were renovated between 2006 and 2008. The museum’s collections lab adjoins the basement storage and serves as the nerve center for the daily management of the museum’s collections, as well as a work space for visiting researchers, and museum studies and other students and classes working with the collections.
A recent National Science Foundation grant allowed the anthropology department to completely renovate the basement lab, which is also in the basement of Godfrey adjacent to the Logan’s collections lab. The scope of work for the lab included a new floor and casework for the Logan collections lab, too. Both of these research spaces are now up and running, and both will be opened to the campus community to see for the first time this Friday (Sept. 16) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friendly museum staff will be on hand to talk about the labs and the work done in them. Light refreshments will be served.
The Logan will also be premiering new exhibits in the Shaw Gallery on the museum’s second floor. The Shaw has been closed to the public for the last year while it was used as the museum’s temporary lab space. Check out the Logan Museum of Anthropology website for more details about these exhibits.
Old anthropology lab:
New anthropology lab: