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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.