Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the USU Museum of Anthropology
Saturdays at the Museum program provides free, hands-on learning that is engaging for all ages. Each week Saturday's staff present special activities, lectures and drop-in tours focused on different anthropological topics.
Under the supervision of Museum staff, USU students identify weekly themes, plan and prepare presentations and activities, arrange for visiting scholars, and help staff the Museum on Saturdays. Visitors are free to attend lectures, engage in activities, or simply roam the Museum and enjoy its many exhibits.
Events for the Semester
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:57am5/25 Death and Burial Practices from Around the World
Saturday, May 25th, 2013, the Museum of Anthropology invites patrons to explore death and burial practices from around the world. Illustrated lecture at 1 p.m. Enjoy guided docent tours of our temporary exhibit on death and burial practices throughout the day. Kids can mummify an apple after learning about the mummification process and make skeleton crafts throughout the day.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:53am6/1 Utah Archaeology
From Danger Cave to Nine Mile Canyon,
Utah is home to some of the most impressive archaeological sites in the
world! An illustrated lecture at 1pm will take you on a virtual tour
around the state as we take a closer look at important archaeological
sties. Guided docent tours o four Great Basin exhibits will take place
throughout the day. Kids can try out their excavation skills and record
artifacts in our dig boxes.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:50am6/8 The World on a String: Puppetry Traditions from Around the Globe
Many cultures throughout the world have
traditions of performing with puppets. At 1pm Susan Neidert, the
director of the World of Puppetry Museum in Brigham City, will give a
presentation on the history and traditions of puppetry around the world,
and bring examples from the museum. Kids can make their own puppets and
put on shows throughout the day.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:47am6/15 Peopling of the New World
This Saturday join us to learn the latest
information on when and how scientists believe humans entered the
Americas. An illustrated lecture at 1pm will present the highlights of
ongoing research. Docent lead talks of our Peopling of the New World
exhibit will take place throughout the day. Kids will make boat replicas
and learn how to thrown an atlatl.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:42am6/22 Games from Around the World
Playing games and enjoying a bit of
friendly competition is an important recreational activity in cultures
around the world. An illustrated lecture at 1pm will highlight the
earliest known games from around the world. Throughout the day kids can
play games from around the globe and earn prizes.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:39am6/29 Humans vs. Neanderthals
This Saturday we will explore the
differences between humans and neanderthals. At 1pm an illustrated
lecture will explain the newest scientific evidence for humans and
neanderthals living together. Throughout the day, kids can make cave
paintings and also solve the forensic case of "Who killed the
neanderthal?" by evaluating the evidence and suspects.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:36am7/6 Museum is Closed
Museum is closed. Happy 4th of July weekend!
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:35am7/13 Pioneers of the Oregon and California Trails
Hundreds of thousands of emigrants pushed
west during the mid-1800s in pursuit of a dream. Many pioneers
following the Oregon and California Trails migrated through Northern
Utah. An illustrated lecture at 1pm provides an in depth look at what
life was like on the trail. Throughout the day, kids can make pioneer
crafts and play the classic "Oregon Trail" computer game.
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:32am7/20 Museum is Closed
Happy Pioneer Day weekend!
3 weeks ago, May 09 at 9:30am7/27 Famous Female Fulers of the Ancient World
From Artemisia, ruler of Halicarnassus,
to Hatshepsut and Cleopatra of Egypt, women have held the highest
offices and ruled over kingdoms for thousands of years. An illustrated
lecture at 1pm will trace the history of the most well-known female
rulers of ancient times. Throughout the day, docents lead tours of our
Life and Death on the Nile: The After Life in Egypt's New Kingdom exhibit. Kids can make their own crowns and learn to write their names in hieroglyphics.
3 weeks ago, May 08 at 11:34am8/3 How Railroads Changed American Culture
144 years ago, the first American
transcontinental railroad was finished, with two lines connecting in
Northern Utah. An illustrated lecture at 1pm explores how railroads
changed American culture in the 19th century. Docent lead tours of our
Chinesse Railroad Camps exhibit will take place throughout the day. Kids
can design their own trains.
3 weeks ago, May 08 at 11:18am8/10 Tattoo Traditions from Around the World
While tattoos have become popular in
modern American culture, the practice of tattooing is over 5,000 years
old. An illustrated lecture at 1pm traces the development of tattoo
practices from around the world. Docents lead tours of our Otzi the Ice Man and Message on a Body exhibits throughout the day. Kids can participate in face painting or get a henna tattoo.