Anthropology is the study of humankind, past and present. Crossing geographic and cultural boundaries, anthropologists study who we are and where we came from.
The objects we use and create are just one of the tools anthropologists use to answer these questions, and Artifacts features a selection of incredible pieces from the Buffalo Museum of Science's anthropology collections and explores the similarities across cultures as evidenced by the objects we create.
Examine ancient eating utensils from around the world. Compare pottery of different cultures and learn of their uses. Get a side-by-side look of how different Peoples used the written word via chisel, pictures or stylized scripts to document their lives.
Also explore the answers to these questions: How do diets differ across cultures? Is music a universal language? Why do certain cultures have such different burial practices?
Using touch screen technology, get an interactive lesson on the beautiful, and sometimes bizarre collections on display - where they came from, when and how they were used, and even the materials used to create them. Artifacts makes it easy and fun for guests to experience these cultural comparisons.
Hands-on activities provide multi-generational engagement and learning opportunities for all museum visitors.
Support for Artifacts comes from The M&T Bank Family of Gifts, Charles Rand Penney, Richard and Karen Penfold, Robert Sadler, Lucille Hamlin, The Little-Kittinger Foundation, Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences' Board of Managers, The Mulroy Family Foundation, Seymour H. Knox Foundation, The Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation, The Edward H. Butler Foundation, The Carlos and Elizabeth Heath Foundation, and ComDoc.