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About Our Collection

Reflecting a broad mission that encompasses the entire history of humankind, the museum's collections are worldwide in scope, with extensive holdings from throughout North, South, and Central America, as well as Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. With its primary emphasis on the American Southwest, the Maxwell is world-renowned for its holdings from this region. Collections include archaeology, ethnology, archives, and human osteology.

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