Bryan/Gruhn Ethnographic Collection

Artifacts on a covered table, including a bow, a round hand drum, and a sharp metal tool with a covered handle.

Artifacts on a covered table, including a moccassin, a piece of white fur, a bow, and two flattened, dried leather satchels.

The Bryan/Gruhn Ethnographic Collection in the department of Anthropology contains approximately 1,200 artifacts that examine the foundations of today's world and its societies. The collection represents cultures from around the world and explores how people lived, what they believed, and how they responded to the ever-changing world. Numerous objects collected by faculty round out this active research and teaching collection.

Cultures represented include:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Indonesia
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
As the University of Alberta is enacting additional safety measures regarding the state of public health emergency in Alberta, all museum collections will be closed until further notice.