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Department of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology


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.

To join DUMA's email list, please click here to send an email with your name and email information.

News & Happenings

Woman holding photoNow in the gallery, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, open thru May 27, 2016 Fine art/documentary photographer and human rights activist Jonathan Moller's photographs tell the story of the tragic history of Guatemala: the repression and genocide carried out by state security forces in the early 1980's, and the work for justice, truth, and reconciliation being done within a continued context of impunity and human rights violations in the late 1990's and the 2000's. The exhibit is presented in English with Spanish translations.

DUMA's FranFranktown Cave moccasinktown 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 sandalfrom DUMA's collection won one of Colorado's 2013 Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts. In 2014 a Franktown Cave moccasinwon the same award! Thank you to everyone who voted for DUMA's artifacts!


For a peek at the Best Smaller-Scale Museums in Denver, including DUMA, click here!


Drum Casket participants group photoListen 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.

From Evans:

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.