Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Providence

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  • Museum claims it has a million collected items, but since it is really the size of a large room, these objects are nowhere in sight. There were two special exhibits, but while somewhat interesting...  more »
  • Haffenreffer is a tiny and FREE museum of anthropology on Brown's campus that my friend and I visited during our weekend of exploring Providence and Newport. When we visited, they had some very...  more »
  • The museum is tiny, it's essentially just one room on the first floor of the building, so don't expect to spend much time in it. However, the exhibit on Native Indian priests and surveillance was compelling and worth seeing. There is no permanent exhibit section, so it changes all the time, but the one we've seen was well curated and presented. We spent ~45 minutes in the museum, and I'd say that's the upper limit of time you'd need there. But it also means it's a convenient museum to fit into your itinerary. We'll want to check out the museum again the next time we are in town.
  • Cute little museum. I like how the small size makes the museum put more effort into the exhibits which are rich and engaging. I'll be sure to return whenever there are new exhibits.
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