Exhibits & Collections
Welcome to the Exhibits & Collections page of the Museum of Indian Culture. The museum maintains and displays a wide variety of items, including stone tool collections, ceramics, carvings, photographs, weapons, beadwork, and basketry from Native peoples throughout the Western hemisphere. Our collections range from a Hupa basket collection from California to Aztec ceremonial clothing from Mexico to stone tools from a Lenape/Delaware rock shelter site in Pennsylvania.
The Great Native American Toolkit
This exhibit features prehistoric stone tools and pottery used by the ancient Mississippian (Mound Builder) cultures, Northeastern Woodland Lenape / Delaware / Iroquois, and Anasazi / Pueblo of the Southwest, and ancient bone fishing tools carved by Alaskan Natives. The Great Native American Toolkit tells the story of the creative genius of North America’s first peoples and their ability to survive and thrive using similar tools made from regional resources.
September through May
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June through August
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12-17 Children under 12 are free
Groups more than 10 by appointment only.
If you wish to study one of the museum’s collections as part of a research project, please send an email describing the project and the collection you wish to study to:
Katie Weber, Assistant Curator, at email@example.com.
Treading Lightly around Prehistoric Digs:
1980’s Interstate-78 Southern Corridor Project - Upper Saucon
For thousands of years the Lehigh Valley was home to aboriginal populations and their predecessors the Lenni Lenape Indians. From on top of Bauer Rock (now called Big Rock Park, South Mountain) to as far as the eye could see, the Lenape lived in villages along Saucon Creek and it arbitraries.
Prior to construction of Interstate 78 southern corridor and Route 309 alignment project, Penn DOT contracted a local cultural resource firm to excavate for evidence of archaeological sites in the path of I-78, a 31 mile narrow band in southeast Pennsylvania from Fogelsville to Easton. A total of 6,669 prehistoric artifacts were recovered from Paleo-Indian times (12,000 B.C.) through the archaic to the end of the late woodland (1500 A.D.). These artifacts were turned over to the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg.
One of the survey sites, known as P-42, located in Upper Saucon, was first discovered by local vocational archaeologist, Robert Kufrovich, in the 1970’s, after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Agnes unearthed stone artifacts and pottery sherds from an ancient Lenape settlement dating 8,000 B.C. to 1,500 A.D. This ancient artifact collection of hammerstones, celts, axes, stone points, game balls, and pottery sherds were reported to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is today recognized as a key piece of evidence of Pennsylvania’s pre-history. The artifacts show how the Lenape lived and worked in our region before the land filled with housing developments and shopping centers.
The Extraordinary Story
of Two Lenape Rock Shelters
In 1942, amateur archeologists discovered two rock shelters near the town of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Their romp in the woods turned serious when they uncovered a skeleton and thousands of Native American artifacts in one of the rock shelters. This new exhibit presents a life-size replica of the Broomall Rock Shelters that shows how Lenape families or hunting parties may have occupied them for centuries.
This exhibit also includes some of the hundreds of items excavated from the site such as 200 stone and bone tools, pendants, over 1000 decorated ceramics fragments, and European trade goods. This assemblage was featured in a 1947 article in the prestigious archaeological journal American Antiquity, and includes two fully-reconstructed bowls and numerous archaic stone points that may date to over 3,000 years ago. Visit us to learn the incredible story of the site’s discovery, context, excavation, and the artifacts’ journey to the Museum.
DONATIONS AND LOANS
The Museum of Indian Culture carefully considers all donation offers.
If you have an item or collection that you would like to gift or loan to the Museum, please send an email to:
Katie Weber, Assistant Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org describing the item or collection along with your name and phone number. Acceptance of items depends on current display and storage space availability. The museum reserves the right to refuse any donation offer.