Hall of Pacific Peoples

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
The renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) worked in the Museum's Anthropology Department from 1926 until her death. Through her groundbreaking expeditions to Samoa, New Guinea, and Bali, Mead brought anthropological work into the public c... more
The renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) worked in the Museum's Anthropology Department from 1926 until her death. Through her groundbreaking expeditions to Samoa, New Guinea, and Bali, Mead brought anthropological work into the public consciousness. Her studies provide the foundation for the Hall of Pacific Peoples, which reflects a remarkable geographic and cultural diversity. The Hall explores the cultures of the South Pacific islands, which range from tiny stretches of land to the island continent of Australia and include Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Highlights include a display of elaborately painted and adorned dance masks from Northern New Ireland, part of Papua New Guinea. Made of wood and bark fibers, the masks represent specific spirits and are used in traditional dance ceremonies. Also on view are intricately detailed shadow puppets from Java. Originating in the 11th century, Javanese puppet theater is used as an educational tool to communicate information about religious tenets, moral codes, history, and myths.

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Hall of Pacific Peoples

Thu, May 26
10:00AM
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Fri, May 27
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Sat, May 28
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Sun, May 29
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Mon, May 30
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Tue, May 31
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Wed, June 01
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Thu, June 02
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Fri, June 03
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Sat, June 04
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Occurs 169 more times through Nov 20

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

May 26, Thursday 10:00AM
May 27, Friday 10:00AM
May 28, Saturday 10:00AM
May 29, Sunday 10:00AM
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