The Holmes Museum
is open to the public from: Monday -Friday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Closed
Saturday and Sunday.)
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.
Textiles and clothing are
often an intricate part of cultural identity. The designs can have
symbolic meaning and reflect the world view or the universal cosmology
of the people. Clothing also can reflect cultural identity. In many
areas of the world, village affiliation is associated with a particular
style of clothing or particular designs. The textiles are often hand
woven with very beautiful, intricate and complicated patterns. The
Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology has specialized in collecting
the textiles and traditional clothing of Chinese Nationalities,
Southeast Asia, Mexico and Mayan weavings of Guatemala. The
administration of the Holmes Museum feels that field collecting
ethnographic material directly from the maker or the users is extremely
important. Thus, over the years, museum staff and Wichita State
University anthropology and museum studies students have traveled to
different parts of the world to create these collections.