Organization - Silliman University Anthropology Museum

Silliman University Anthropology Museum
Basic Information
English Silliman University Anthropology Museum
Local language
Country Philippines
Category Educational Institution
Domain Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Documentation
Education and Training
Established year 1970
  1. To assure a foundational role in the community (more specifically Dumaguete City) i.e., as part of educational, social and cultural system that would act as an integrator of culture, science and nature.
  2. Specifically, Anthropology Museum will perform the following functions:
  • As an educational facility the museum will promote awareness of the Filipino Cultural Heritage among its visitors.
  • Promote Silliman University nationally and internationally through its local, national and international visitors,
  • Equip the museum visitors with appropriate knowledge and ultimately an in-depth understanding of the Filipino culture; and
  • The museum will be maintained for the preservation of some Filipino cultural heritage



THE ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM was established in 1970 by Dr. Hubert I. Reynolds, an American missionary member of the Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) and former Anthropology professor in Silliman University, to house the collection of the Cultural Research Center that started in 1964. The exhibits are rare and priceless collections of ethnological and archaeological artifacts which dates back as early as 500-200 B.C

The museum was formerly housed at the university’s oldest building, Silliman Hall, for more than four decades and was transferred to a much sturdier location at the second floor of Hibbard Hall in 2015.

The collection is composed of archaeological items from previous excavation all over Negros and parts of Mindanao, and collected ethnological items from the various indigenous groups from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Major Activities


Cultural Mapping – Invite all towns, municipalities and cities of Negros Orientalto showcase their 1. Products with significant archaeological, economic and historical value 2. Folkore 3. Each LGU will be given three months to exhibit theiritems. Livelihood Project – The bantays of the early childhood school children of Silliman University will be organized for rag making and other income generating activities.


Visits to students from private and public schools to introduce the value and significance of museums.


In coordination with the National Museum, archaeological diggings will be conducted in the neighboring communities to expose the Sociology and Anthropology majors to field work as well as add to the Museum’s collection.


Contact Information (Organization)
Address 2nd Floor Hibbard Hal Silliman University Hibbard Avenue Dumaguete City Negros Oriental Philippines
Tel +63 35 422-6002 (207)

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