About Us

About Us

Dr. E. Pendleton Banks

Museum founder Dr. E. Pendleton Banks


The faculty of the Wake Forest University Department of Anthropology established the Museum of Man in 1963 to broaden the learning opportunities available to their students.  The Museum was renamed the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in 1987.  In 2020, the Museum moved to its current location in Palmer Hall. Since its inception, the Museum’s educational role has expanded beyond campus boundaries and into the greater Piedmont Triad community.

Our Mission

The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University creates awareness of global cultures by collecting, protecting, managing, and exhibiting archaeological artifacts, ethnographic objects, and visual arts of past and present peoples, and providing opportunities for intercultural learning.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Museum of Anthropology stands on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Keyauwee, Tutelo, Saponi, and other Indigenous peoples whose names have been lost, but who stewarded this land for generations. We honor and respect the diverse Native communities who came here to camp, hunt, and trade for centuries including the Saura, Catawba, Cherokee, and Lumbee.  We acknowledge the history of violence and displacement from this land, and we honor the vibrant Native communities who make their home here today.  Please join us in recognizing the Indigenous people of this land, past and present.