The museum traces its roots from the museum of ethnology and archaeology established by H. Otley Beyer, the first Chair of the UP Department of Anthropology.
Recently, the museum serves as the student laboratory for museology. Students work on projects in the museum management and practice setting up exhibits in the museum.
The series of online exhibits feature artifacts from the collection of the H. Otley Beyer Museum of the UP Department of Anthropology. This aims to highlight its special collections, some dating back to the early days of Beyer’s famous museum — the Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology which was located on Aviles St., Manila during the pre-World War II era. After Beyer’s death in the 1960s, the large collection was given to various groups and institutions with the department becoming one of the recipients. Eventually, the artifact holdings of the museum grew as various anthropologist and students donated materials from field. With the institutionalization of the Fieldschool in the late 1960s, the ethnographic and archaeological collection of Beyer Museum grew even bigger making it a crucial part of the department’s teaching and extension work. This series of online exhibits also aim to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of Filipinos as well as to further advance interest and scholarship in Philippine culture and society.
Text by Carlos Tatel