MOA Receives Award for Website

The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology (MOA) received a North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) Award of Excellence for website design during the NCMC Annual Meeting in Raleigh. NCMC Awards of Excellence recognize, encourage and promote outstanding achievement in the museum community across the state.

The Museum of Anthropology was recognized for its new website,, which was introduced to the public in May 2012. Museum staff, working closely with Wake Forest’s Office of Communications and External Relations (CER), created the site. “We are greatly indebted to CER for their technical knowledge and design skills which made it possible for us to complete this project,” said PR, Marketing and Membership Coordinator Sara Cromwell.

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MOA Will Offer Traveling the Silk Road Summer Camp

The Museum of Anthropology will offer three one-week sessions of Traveling the Silk Road half-day summer camp: July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, and July 22 to 26.  Campers will grab a horse, camel, or even a yak, and use their imaginations to travel along the ancient trading route known as the Silk Road.  Beginning in the city of Xian, China, campers will journey through the deserts and over the mountains, making stops in cities along the way, before ending their journey in Damascus, Syria.  Using music, art, stories, games, and other activities, campers will learn about the goods, ideas, and people found along the Silk Road. Camp is designed for children ages 6 to 12.


The half-day camp will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for each session.  The fee is $125 for the week ($100 for MOA Friends).  This fee includes all supplies and daily refreshments.  Each session is limited to 15 children.  Registration and payment guarantees a spot.  Download the registration form here.

MOA Announces New Summer Workshop

This summer, the Museum of Anthropology will introduce a new one-day workshop program for children ages 12 to 15.  The offering for 2013 is entitled Rugs, Carpets, & Mats.  During the workshop, children will look at examples of from around the world and learn about weaving techniques, materials, and the importance of designs.  Participants will then complete an in-depth art project painting their own canvas rug with traditional designs.

Museum Educator Tina Smith said, “We believe that this workshop will provide an opportunity to engage an age group that is often underserved, particularly during the summer months, with a unique hands-on learning experience.”

The one-day workshop will take place on Monday, July 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fee is $45 ($30 for MOA Friends), which includes all supplies and a snack.  Children can bring a bag lunch or one can be provided for an additional $10 fee.  The workshop is limited to 10 children.  Registration and payment for the program guarantees a spot.  Download the registration form here.

New Exhibit Highlights Collection of Ancient Chinese Ceramics

The Museum of Anthropology is proud to announce the opening of a new long-term exhibit, Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns: Reflections of Tang Dynasty Openness and Tolerance on February 5.

 The exhibit provides an overview of the ceramics produced by families at the Changsha Kilns during the Tang Dynasty more than one thousand years ago.  The exhibit puts Tang ceramics into their historical, geographic, and cultural context. The Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD) was a time of peace, prosperity, and acceptance in China, during which Changsha ceramics and other goods were traded overland along the Silk Road and overseas to reach as far away as western Asia and Africa.

 The exhibit features more than 100 ceramic objects from the MOA’s Lam Collection.  A year ago, Wake Forest alumnus Timothy See-Yiu Lam (’60) donated to the Museum of Anthropology nearly 600 ceramic pieces that he collected over more than 25 years.  The Tang Dynasty bowls, ewers, cups, teapots, small toys and other pieces in the collection represent the largest and most comprehensive group of ceramics from the Changsha Kilns in the United States.  Some of the pieces in the collection are broken (but painstakingly repaired) because, due to slight flaws in shape or glazing, kiln inspectors discarded them by burying them in refuse piles which were then excavated by archaeologists in the 1960s and 1970s.  Ironically, most of the pieces that passed inspection were sold, used and ultimately broken—meaning they can rarely be fully reconstructed. Continue reading »

MOA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Throughout 2013 the Museum of Anthropology will celebrate 50 years of serving Wake Forest University and the greater community with a retrospective exhibition and several special

MOA Founder Dr. E. Pendleton Banks


In 1963, Dr. E. Pendleton Banks, chair of what was then the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University, founded the Museum of Man to broaden learning opportunities for anthropology students.  The Museum was first housed in the basement of Tribble Hall, a newly-opened academic building.  In 1975, the Museum opened in Reynolda Village with an increased focus on educating the general public in addition to the Wake Forest community.  To accomplish that goal, the museum staff introduced education programs meeting the needs of local school systems.  These programs have been an enormous success, serving more than 320,000 students to date.  Many patrons first introduced to the Museum though school fieldtrips now bring their own children to visit the exhibits.

In 1987, the Museum completed the move to its current location on the Wake Forest campus and opened as the Museum of Anthropology (MOA).  Relying primarily on donations from collectors, organizations, and Wake Forest faculty, students, and alumni, the Museum expanded its collections to include ritual and everyday objects that span the globe and the centuries.  The collections currently include more than 29,000 archaeological and ethnographic artifacts. Continue reading »

New Benefits Coming Soon to MOA Friends

As a part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Museum will launch a revised MOA Friends membership program with great new benefits for members beginning July 1, 2013.  Among the new benefits that the staff is most excited to offer are two reciprocal membership programs – the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program, which will be available at the Family level, and the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which will be available at the Patron level.  These programs will grant the MOA Friends free admission at a number of museums across the region and the continent, respectively.  Other new benefits will be member access to the Museum’s research library and the opportunity to receive staff-led tours of the exhibits and behind-the-scenes spaces.

There will be a small increase in the donation amount for some membership levels; however, the restructured program will also include a senior (65+) discount and a Wake Forest faculty and staff discount, which will be applicable to all membership levels.  Renewal dates for current members will not change, and the new benefits will go into effect on July 1.  All membership levels will remain fully tax-deductible.  Please stay tuned for more information about the revised program in the coming months.