Permanent Exhibitions

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Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls

The Earth and Planetary Sciences halls showcase remarkable specimens, including meteorites, minerals, and rare gems, that offer clues about the origins of our solar system and the dynamic processes of our planet. Please note: the halls of gems and minerals are closed for a major renovation.

Human Origins and Cultural Halls

The Hall of Human Origins explores the evolutionary story of the human family, while the Cultural Halls examine the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific.

Permanent Hall Northwest Coast Hall Showcasing the creativity, scholarship, and history of Pacific Northwest Indigenous cultures, this gallery has now reopened. Permanent Hall Hall of Mexico and Central America Explore archaeological artifacts that shed light on Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic cultures, including Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Aztec. Permanent Hall Hall of African Peoples Discover objects from religious, political, economic, and domestic aspects of African cultures, from ancient Egypt and beyond. Permanent Hall Gardner D. Stout Hall of Asian Peoples Some 3,000 artifacts, representing about 5 percent of the Museum's Asian ethnographic collection, are on view here. Permanent Hall Hall of Eastern Woodlands Indians This hall explores aspects of traditional Iroquois, Ojibwa, Creek, and other Native cultures from the 17th to the 20th century. Permanent Hall Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Trace millions of years of human history, from early ancestors who lived more than six million years ago to modern Homo sapiens. Permanent Hall Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples Discover the cultural objects of Pacific Peoples past and present, including a cast of a Rapa Nui (Easter Island) moai statue. Permanent Hall Hall of Plains Indians This hall explores aspects of 19th-century life of Hidatsa, Dakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, and other Native cultures. Permanent Hall Hall of South American Peoples Explore the traditions of pre-Hispanic cultures, including the Inca, Moche, Chavin, and Chancay, as well as modern Amazonia.