Museum of Anthropology to Reopen Sept. 16
The University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology will reopen to the public and begin normal operations on Saturday, Sept. 16. Museum hours will be Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 12 – 4 p.m. on the weekends, and closed Mondays. The public is invited to a small event on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. to mark the museum’s reopening.
The reopening follows extensive construction and redesign of the museum’s Native American and archaeological exhibitions and interpretive offerings. In preparation for opening, the galleries were smoked and blessed by representatives of the Osage Nation last week. The new displays also will exhibit parts of the Grayson Archery Collection, the most complete collections of its kind anywhere in the world.
While the formal grand opening celebration is not planned until Oct. 19, museum staff chose to open the doors as soon as the installations were completed.
“The grand opening in October will be an opportunity for us to say thank you to everyone who’s worked on the project, and to our loyal friends and donors who’ve supported us throughout the reconstruction,” said Alex Barker, director of the Museum of Anthropology. “But the galleries are ready now, and we’re eager to let people see how we’ve changed.”
The reopening follows a series of changes at the Museum of Anthropology over the past eighteen months. Following the departure of longtime director Michael J. O’Brien in 2016, Alex Barker became the museum’s new director, and in early 2017 the museum shifted from a departmental collection within the Department of Anthropology to a freestanding museum reporting to the dean of the MU College of Arts and Science.
In 2014, the museum was moved from its 48-year home in Swallow Hall on Mizzou’s Francis Quadrangle to its temporary location at Mizzou North. No timetable for the return of either the Museum of Anthropology or its sister institution, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, has been established.
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