The Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology is located in Neff Hall on the Campus of Wichita State University. The museum has two main functions; to support the educational mission of the Department of Anthropology and Wichita State University and to be a teaching museum operated by students enrolled in the university's Museum Studies Program. This program gives potential museum professionals hands-on experience in museum administration, operations, and exhibitions. The museum's collections include a wide range of cultural, archaeological, and biological objects. The museum is funded mainly with private donations. The museum is constantly working to fund student scholarships, student positions, exhibitions, field collecting expeditions, curation supplies, equipment and acquisitions. If you are interested in helping the museum with the donation of objects or funds please contact Jerry Martin, the Museum Director.

For further information please contact                                                                                                

Rachelle Meinecke, Director Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Wichita State University, Neff Hall 1845 Fairmount Box 52 Wichita, KS 67260

Ph. 316-978-7068 Fax 316-978-3351                                                                    

Major Web Projects

Ceramics collections
Current exhibitions
Museum Studies
Virtual Exhibition
Contact us



The Holmes Museum  is open to the public from: Monday -Friday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday.)

We are located on the first floor of Neff Hall at the Wichita State University Campus. Click here for a map.

The Museum is closed in June, July and August. Groups tours are welcome with a two week notice.

The museum is free to the public, donations are accepted.



The Morgan collection of southwest pottery


A Lutheran missionary family in New Guinea


Art and culture of Asmat

Through the eyes of the pot

The Wagner collection field journal, 1955-1969

The Asmat collection

The Morgan website is a unique educational tool that provides information on the style and history of contemporary Southwestern pottery. This includes information about the potters, and the culture and history of pueblos of the southwest, using the pottery as a visual focal point.

A multimedia website describing the experiences of Rev Bill and Mrs. Ruth Wagner while living amongst the Enga, Duna, and Hewa Peoples of the Highlands in Papua, New Guinea. The Wagner family donated their New Guinea collection to the L. D. Holmes Museum in memory of Rev. Wagner.

This multimedia website contains information on Asmat culture, a catalog of the Holmes Museum's extensive collection of Asmat art and how the objects are important to Asmat life and ritual.


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