The University of Denver Museum of Anthropology's (DUMA) mission is to teach about the ethical practice of conservation, interpretation, and administration of anthropological collections, including objects and their records, and to serve as a resource and research center for the conservation, interpretation, and analysis of anthropological collections held in the public trust.
DUMA also serves as a public resource and research center for students, faculty and visiting researchers. The museum gallery hosts exhibits curated by DU graduate students as well as periodic traveling exhibits.
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News & Happenings
Now in the gallery, Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection . The exhibit, open thru September 18, 2015, features archaeological objects from Amache, the World War II Japanese American incarceration camp located in Granada, Colorado. Created by University of Denver students and community members, this exhibit encourages dialogue about life at Amache and Japanese American history.
DUMA's Franktown Cave collection has been selected for two years in a row as Colorado's Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts! In 2013 a 4,000 year old Franktown Cave sandal from DUMA's collection won one of Colorado's 2013 Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts. In 2014 a Franktown Cave moccasin won the same award! Thank you to everyone who voted for DUMA's artifacts!
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Listen to recordings from the Drum Casket event at the Museum of Anthropology on August 23, 2013. Drum Casket is a drum the size and shape of a casket created by Brooklyn based artists Amery Kessler and Mary Jane Ward. Event participants take turns lying inside while a small group drums on the lid. The artists facilitated 29 Drum Casket sessions in 26 states during a nationwide tour from August 1 to September 30, 2013. Learn more at the Drum Casket website.
Our gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9 to 4 or by appointment; excluding holidays and summer quarter. Please call 303-871-2543 or 303-871-2687 to confirm exhibit schedule.
Directions & parking
DUMA is located at 2000 E. Asbury, Sturm Hall Room 102.
From I-25: Take the University Blvd. exit. Turn South off exit ramp. Turn right at Asbury. Sturm Hall will be on your left at the intersection of Race and Asbury. The gallery is on the first floor in room 102.
Going West, turn right on Race St. and Sturm Hall will be on your right at the intersection of Race and Asbury. The gallery is on the first floor in room 102.
Going East, turn left on High St. Turn right on Asbury. Sturm Hall will be on your right at the intersection of Asbury and Race. The gallery is on the first floor in room 102.
Pay parking ($1.50/hr) is available across the street from Sturm Hall (#316W on the DU parking map). One hour parking is available on surrounding streets.