About the Museum
The Logan Museum is proud to be one of two academic museums in Wisconsin accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Logan Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum that engages the Beloit community by sharing stories about humanity.
Through collections, programs, and collaborations we foster the integration of knowledge(s) and experience(s) to enrich liberal learning.
The museums of Beloit College were born in 1848, when Rev. Stephen Peet, one of the founders of the College, donated his mineral collection, which became the nucleus of the College’s “Cabinet.”
It was common practice in the 1840s for Eastern Colleges to develop geology and natural history cabinets of specimens to augment textbooks. Beloit College was no exception to this trend. The Cabinet collection was housed in Middle College from 1849 to 1869.
The collection moved to Memorial Hall when that building was completed in 1869. Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the men of Beloit who perished in the Civil War.
By the 1890s the Cabinet collection had grown to contain more than 4,000 specimens, including 900 mounted animal specimens. In 1893 the Cabinet collection was moved to Pearsons Hall of Science. It remained there until 1903 when it was dispersed to appropriate departments on campus.