Museums + Collections

One of the most powerful ways to understand what we offer is to experience our exhibits, tours, collections and online resources.

Explore the sites below and attend one of their public events, take a personalized tour or tap into their online resources for K-12 educators – each a state-of-the-art educational journey in itself. We have distinguished ourselves as hosts or stewards of a growing list of digital repositories with active collaborators that span the globe; learn about them at Innovative Cyberinfrastructure

Although most of our Tempe campus-based collections are from the Southwestern U.S. and primarily Arizona, our nearly 2 million archaeological, ethnological and evolutionary anthropological specimens also originate from sites across North America, Mesoamerica, Africa and Asia. A few of the most noteworthy include the Arizona Site Files, the Albert A. Dahlberg collection of Pima Indian dental casts and the world-renowned skeletal cast of “Lucy,” whose partial remains are estimated to be about 3.2 million years old.

Most of these collections are accessible to faculty, students and research collaborators upon request and with appropriate advance notice. They are also a critical aspect of our undergraduate and graduate research and teaching experiences.

Center for Archaeology and Society Repository

The Center for Archaeology and Society Repository, located near the Tempe campus, curates more than 70,000 archaeological specimens from central Arizona, houses the school's ceramic sherd type and whole pot collections and maintains a computer lab for staff and visiting researchers equipped with multimedia, GIS, statistical and data collection capabilities. It is a qualified federal repository.

Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Phone: (623) 582-8007 | Fax: (623) 582-8831 | Website

Location: 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona  85308   

The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, located in northwest Phoenix, is a unique and multifaceted part of ASU. As the point of public access to the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, it interprets the cultural expressions found there and acts as a research laboratory for rock-art studies worldwide, as well as exhibition space for museum studies graduate student projects. 

The preserve is a vital part of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Center for Archaeology and Society, complementing and showcasing the school's teaching, research and service activities. With its 47-acre nature preserve, community museum and research facility, the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve exemplifies the lasting and profound connections people have had through time with this landscape.

Innovation Gallery

The Innovation Gallery is part of the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society. The gallery (formerly the ASU Museum of Anthropology) is a public space in which students prototype conceptual exhibits and programming based on faculty research.

Institute of Human Origins

The Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University is one of the leading research organization in the United States devoted to the science of human origins. Embedded within ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, IHO pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research central to its 30-year-old founding mission—integrating social, earth, and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning the course, timing, and causes of human evolutionary change over deep time. IHO links to its research activities innovative public outreach programs that create timely, accurate information for education and lay communities.