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Museums With Significant Basketry Collections

Museums With Basketry Related Collections or Exhibits. Native American Indian culture, living history and art. Asian basketwork, vintage Shaker, Klamath River baskets, as well as ethnological and archaeological basketmaking displays. Collections of new work of active traditional and contemporary basket artists.

Abbe Museum
Indian culture, history and art are featured in this museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Workshops and programs are offered in basketry. Home of the Diane Kopec Collection of works by living Native American basket artists.

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Museum in Palm Springs, CA with basketry exhibits including permanent and changing displays portraying the history and culture of the Agua Caliente and other Cahuilla peoples. Educational living traditions programs.

Akwesasne Museum
The Museum at this Hogansburg, NY center houses a diverse collection of artifacts that represent the continuing cultural heritage of the Akwesasne Mohawks. The largest collection in the Museum is the black ash splint basketry.

Arizona State Museum
This museum on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson has roughly 5,000 baskets in its ethnological collection.

Arkansas Art Center Contemporary Crafts Collection
Dorothy Gill Barnes, Jerry Bleem, Joanne Segal Brandford, Carol Eckert, Lillian Elliott, John G. Garrett, Pat Hickman, Kiyomi Iwata, Gyongy Laky, Patti Lechman, Kari Lonning, Dona Look, Susan Lyman, John McQueen, Judy Mulford, Leon Niehues, Ed Rossbach, Jane Sauer, Dawn Walden, Mary Jo Dalrymple, Jean M. Amy, Rachel Appleton, Terri Bruhin, Thad Flenniken, Elsie Bates Freund, Miriam McKinnie Hoffmeier, Ritzi Jacobi, Eleanor Lux, Susan Pfeifer, Victoria Z. Rivers, Louise Robbins, Elizabeth C. Smathers, Jean Stamsta, Clare Verstegen, Sydney S. Wilson, Margaret B. Windeknecht, Sylvia Seventy, Karyl Sisson, Gary Trentham, Karen McCool Turnidge, Katherine Westphal, Jeanette Marie Ahlgren, David Bacharach, Michael Bailot, Diane Banks, Sophia Lambros Bauerle, Louis Bauerle, Nancy Moore Bess, Linda Bills, David Blaisus, Pat Brown, Ken Carlson, Michael Davis, Pat "Old Face" Edmonds, Arline Fisch, Douglas Fuchs, Kiyomi Iwata, Mary Giles, Lissa Hunter, Susan Long, Gammy Miller, Zoe Morrow, Neil Prince, Mary Merkel-Hess, Ed Rossbach, Kay Sekamachi and Suzy Wahl are among the fiberartist basketmakers included in the permanent collection of this Little Rock, Arkansas museum. Search the collection database.

Art Institute of Chicago
Stunning examples of basketry are included in the collections of this Chicago, Illinois museum.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Lloyd Cotsen collection of over 800 pieces of Japanese bamboo basket art is part of the permanent collection of this San Francisco, CA museum.

Asian Civilisations Museum
Basketwork and lacquerware are included in the Southeast Asia collections of this Singapore-based museum.

Bowers Museum
This Santa Ana, CA museum's Native American collection is the largest department in the museum and is comprised of more than 24,000 objects. The collection is strongest in the cultures of the west and southwest but does represent native cultures from across the US. Objects in the collection include basketry, pottery, beadwork, stone and shell tools weapons and jewelry.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Northwest coast cedar basketry is prominently featured in both the collections and programs of this Seattle, WA museum. Basketry demonstrations, lectures and workshops are available. Entwined With Life online exhibit includes a database of the baskets in the collection. A search on the term basket in their search engine will turn up much.

California Academy of Sciences
More than 350 native California baskets are in the Academy of Science's Fitzhugh-Lowe collection, including this large Klamath River storage basket.

California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC)
The State Indian Museum will transition to the California Indian Heritage Center. The Center will house the State’s extensive collections of California Indian baskets and other cultural treasures and will provide a research center, meeting rooms, museum store.

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Museum located in Santa Rosa, CA portrays California Indian history and culture, including basketry. Lectures and programs regularly feature basketry. An online educational program on California Indian Basketry is available.

Carraig Craft Visitor Centre And Basketry Museum
Basketry museum in Mountnugent County Cavan, Ireland includes an exhibition of traditional baskets in rod, rush and straw with an audio visual presentation. Craft workshops, lectures and demonstrations. 

Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College
Museum in Durango, CO is host to a collection of over one hundred southwest baskets. 

Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
This museum in Racine, WI houses the fourth largest contemporary basket collection in a US museum. Their crafts collections include baskets created by Leon Niehues, Jane Sauer, Dona Look and Ed Rossbach. In 2002 the Racine Art Museum became the host to this collection.

Cherokee National Historical Society
The Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village of this museum in Tahlequah, OK presents the lifestyle of the Cherokees prior to European contact.

Clark County Historical Museum
The museum in Vancouver, Washington features an extensive collection of baskets that was detailed in the 2005 book entitled Woven History: Native American Basketry of the Clark County Historical Museum.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum and Library
Features the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Navajo and Hopi Indian Tribes. You will learn about these tribes past and present. The museum has an extensive collection of locally made Indian crafts. The collection includes Chemehuevi basketry, Mojave pottery, Indian beads and jewelry. The museum in Parker, AZ also houses the Beebee Brown Basket Collection.

Del Norte County Historical Society Museum
This Crescent City, California museum houses a collection of Native American basketry by the Tollowa and Yurok Indians, and many other Native American artifacts. They were recipients of a 2008-2009 grant from Save Our History to develop a catalog of their basket collection. The catalog will be available to students, teachers, and community members, and the webpage will be posted to the museum's website. The stories of these baskets will also be preserved through a DVD of the collection.

Denver Art Museum
This Denver, CO museum includes basketry in its extensive Native Arts collection.

Eiteljorg Museum
Museum in Indianapolis, IN houses collections of American Western and Native American cultural objects, including baskets. Artists in Residence program has included talented basket makers.

Fruitlands Museum
Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts has an extensive basket collection that spans multiple cultural and historical periods. It also has a farmhouse, a Shaker office building, Native American artifacts, and an art gallery with landscape paintings and 19th-century portraits. They host a basket weekend in September.

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Part of Brown University. Houses a varied extensive ethnological and archaeological collection.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA)
Represented in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Gallery exhibit of this museum in Salem, Oregon is a sampling of the historic and contemporary basketweaving traditions of the Willamette Valley, the Northwest, the Plateau, and the northern Great Basin.

Hancock Shaker Village
This restored Shaker Village interprets basketry as a part of its craft presentations. A collection of vintage Shaker baskets is featured prominently.

Historic Sauder Village
The craftsmen in the Basket Shop interpret the honorable craft of basketry in this living history museum located in Archbold, OH.

Hudson Museum
Tree and Tradition online exhibit. From Native Hands: Southwestern Basketry, Pottery, Textiles and Silver. The museum shop offers baskets. The museum hosts an annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale & Demonstration.

Illinois State Museum Basket Collection
Includes the Thomas Condell Collection of Native American artifacts. A group of outstanding examples of basket work dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the early 1920s is featured.

Institute for American Indian Studies
This museum, education and research center in Washington, CT is dedicated to the study of the indigenous peoples throughout the western hemisphere, particularly those of the Eastern Woodlands. Their ethnographic collections and events include basketry. The Institute also houses both an education and research library, containing over 2,000 books and journals which is open to researchers by appointment.

Iroquois Indian Museum
The Iroquois Indian Museum is an anthropological museum in Howes, Cave, NY. It features an extensive collection of Native American basketry.

Jesse Peter Museum
Museum on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, CA houses collections of ethnographic art including basketry. Online exhibits of Pomo, Klamath River and Southern California basketry.

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
This Laurel, MI museum is the home of the Catherine Marshall Gardiner Native American Basket Collection. The LRMA basket collection includes more than 800 baskets, 500 from North America, making it one of the most representative collections in the world.

Leelanau Historical Society Museum
The Traditional Anishnabek Arts display in this Leland, Michigan museum features their signature collection of black ash baskets and quillwork on birch bark which are primarily the work of the Leelanau Peninsula's Odawa artists. In addition to the exhibited collection, there is a study collection that is available for close examination by researchers.

Living History Museum
This museum of living history in Urbandale, Iowa includes basketry in its presentation of the past.

Lowe Art Museum
Museum in Coral Cables, FL houses the Alfred I. Barton collection of Southwest Indian art which includes textiles, baskets and other utilitarian objects.

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum
Tahoe City, CA. museum houses a world-class collection of 800 Native American baskets representing tribes from the plains to the Southwest. West, Northwest Canada and Alaska and a comprehensive library of Native American Basketry.

Mary Hill Museum of Art
Goldendale, Washington museum includes an extensive Native American Collection that includes  intricate baskets and beadwork, plus a vast array of unique artifacts from throughout North America. The baskets in the collection encompass both the older traditions and examples of styles influenced by European based cultural contact.

Mendocino County Museum
This museum in Willits, California features Pomo and other California basketry in its collection.

Michigan State University
Significant collections of Native American basketry are housed at MSU. The Michigan Heritage Basket Collection, The Frank M. Covert/R.E. Olds Basket Collection. Received a 2004 National Endowment of the Arts grant for $65,000 to support planning and fabrication of a Native American basketry exhibition. Carriers of Culture: Contemporary Native Basket Traditions will focus on contemporary Native American basketry traditions from Hawaii and North America at the turn of the century.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum
This museum and trading post focusing on northern Minnesota's Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians. They offers history and cultural events at their location in Onamia, MN. Birch Bark, Black ash and Sweetgrass basketry workshops are frequently offered in their educational programs calendar.

Millicent Rogers Museum
This Taos, New Mexico museum includes a collection of South Western baskets.

Mills College Art Museum
This Oakland, CA museum's collection of approximately 150 Native American baskets is particularly rich in works by California's native peoples. In particular, the collection of Pomo baskets exhibits a variety of size, function, weave and decoration. Many of the baskets are from the Yurok, Karuk and Hupa tribes of northernmost California.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
The permanent collections of this museum in Evanston, IL include baskets from the Great Lakes, Southwest, California and Northwest Coast.

Montclair Art Museum
This museum in Montclair, NJ includes a variety of baskets in its Native American collections.  

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
Displays hundreds of artifacts including baskets, beadwork, weaving and quillwork to depict life as it was for America's original inhabitants.

Museum of Archaeology at Simon Fraser Univ
Post-contact examples of Canadian First Nations of British Columbia basketry included in their collection.

Museum of Arts and Design
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City collects, displays and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life. Search their collection of contemporary baskets to see works by Dorothy Gill Barnes, Nancy Moore Bess, Linda Bills, Ken Carlson, Michael Davis, Lillian Elliott, John Garratt, Mary Giles, Pat Hickman, Honda Syoryu, Diane Itter, Kiyomi Iwata, Mary Jackson, Ferne Jacobs, Gyöngy Laky, Dona Look, Tom McColley, John McQueen, Mary Merkel-Hess, Leon Niehues, Francina Prince, Fran Reed, Ed Rossbach, Jane Sauer, Kay Sekimachi, Sylvia Seventy, Karyl Sisson and others.

Museum of Northern Arizona
Located in Flagstaff, AR this museum originally established as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. It offers permanent and changing exhibits along with special events and demonstrations that feature basketweaving. Annual festivals of Hopi and Navajo Arts and Culture are held in July.

Nantucket Historical Association
The association maintains several historic properties on the island of Nantucket, MA. The Hadwen House features a collection of Nantucket Lightship Baskets.

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Events, programs, and lectures supplement the displays of historic and contemporary Nantucket Lightship Baskets in this museum on the Island of Nantucket, MA.

National Museum of The American Indian
The Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian includes exhibition, instructional and research activities at The Gustav Heye Center in Manhattan; Cultural Resources Center in Maryland. The Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. is host to an exhibit entitled Infinity of Nations featuring a stunning assortment of historic baskets.

National Museum of Natural History
The ethnology collection is comprised of a quarter of a million objects representing 19th, 20th and 21st century cultures from around the globe including many Native American communities. Home of United States National Museum Basketry Collection and the papers of Otis Tufton Mason (1838-1908.

Nevada State Museum
Collection of beaded, coiled willow baskets and Washoe Degikup attributed to Dat-so-la-lee are among the holdings of the Nevada State Museums.

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
Museum in Spokane, Washington includes a collection of nearly three thousand baskets.

Oregon Historical Society
Collection features Native peoples' artistry, both ancient and contemporary. Flat twined bags, parfleches, beaded bags, coiled baskets, and round twined bags are among the baskets displayed by this Portland, OR museum.

Oregon State Museum of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Museum in Eugene, OR houses a variety of basketry dating back to prehistoric times. Formed From Fiber exhibit features Native American Basketmaking in the Pacific Northwest. Tlingit Spruce Root Basketry, Klamath Basketry, Plateau Basketry Sally Bags, Plateau Cornhusk bags, Inupiak Baleen Baskets.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
This museum includes the Ethnographic North American Indian Basket Collection. This collection features several thousand ethnographic North American Indian baskets, dating from the latter eighteenth century to the 1990's. Located in Cambridge, MA, within the Harvard campus. Search the collection.

Philbrook Museum of Art
1,110 pieces of basketry representing 172 tribes are represented in this Tulsa, Oklahoma museum.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
This museum in Berkeley, CA houses a research collection of approximately 9,000 California Indian baskets and over 12,000 North American baskets. View their Blair Memorial Basket Collection, Basketry Research Center or search for basket.

Pitt River Museum
Baskets are included in the collections of this anthropology and world archeology museum at the University of Oxford.

Pomona College Museum of Art
This museum is in Claremont, CA. Pomona College's superb collection of almost 5000 Native American artifacts is particularly rich in Californian and Southwestern basketry with over six hundred examples in their searchable photographic database.

Racine Art Museum
RAM's contemporary basket collection forms a major portion of its works of fiber art. The museum is located in Racine, WI.

Redpath Museum
The Ethnology Collections of the Redpath Museum in Montreal, Canada include close to 17,000 archaeological and ethnological artifacts including baskets from a range of world cultures.

Riverside Municipal Museum
This museum in Riverside, CA is currently working to improve their collection of Native American Indian baskets.

Royal British Columbia Museum
This museum's collections include Northwestern cedar and spruce root First Nations basketry. Their entire ethnology collection is accessible in a searchable database.

San Bernadino County Museum
Several hundred baskets from Southern California are in the permanent Anthropology - Ethnology collection of this museum. Host to a 2010 major exhibition of southern California baskets, “Generations of Symbols”. Search the collection for Cahuilla, Serrano, Cahuilla, Tipai, Maidu, Diegueno, Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu, Klamath, Luiseno baskets of juncus, sumac and other native natural basketry materials from California.

San Diego Historical Society
Native American Collection contains a broad cross-section of local Indian artifacts including a particularly outstanding collection of baskets (approx 200 pieces).

San Diego Museum of Man
This museum houses thousands of pieces of Native Basketry of the West, collected over the past 80 years.

Sanger Depot Museum
A collection of basketry from the Yokut Indians of California.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Holdings at this museum include some 100 archaeological specimens and 44 ethnographic pieces making the collection of rare Chumash basketry and fiberwork among the best in the world. Research is being conducted on ethnology and ethnobotany topics. An extensive library is available to researchers.

Sarawak Museums
Eight museums of history and culture in Borneo feature baskets made using the abundant weaving materials like rattan, bamboo, nipah leaves, pandanus palms and bemban reed.

Sharlot Hall Museum
The Prescott, Arizona Museum's collection of over 400 Native American baskets features dozens of beautiful baskets in "The Baskets Keep Talking" exhibit; most are over 100 years old with examples from 25 Arizona tribes.

Sierra Mono Museum 
Houses one of the finest collections of Native American basketwork and artifacts anywhere on display. The museum is historically the cultural center of the Mono Indians. Sierra Mono Museum, P.O. Box 275, North Fork, CA 93643.

Simon Fraser University Museum of Archeology and Ethnology
Baskets from British Columbia, CA. Baskets of BC

Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Now merged with the Autry National Center, this museum of native cultures of the Americas in Los Angeles, CA includes an extensive basketry collection of over 13,500 pieces making it perhaps the largest collection of Native American baskets in the world. Search the collection database.

The Traditional Heritage Museum
The exhibitions in this English historical museum provide a unique picture of Sheffield handcrafted trades, including basketry and everyday life in the period 1850-1950.

University of Alaska Museum
The museum has an outstanding collection of traditional and contemporary birch bark baskets on exhibit. The Southwest gallery houses a collection of Aleut basketry.

University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History
This museum in Eugene, OR includes an extensive collection of baskets including Great Basin Basketry, Great Basin Sandals, Inupiaq Baleen Baskets, Klamath Basketry, Klamath River Basin Basketry Caps, Plateau Basketry: Cornhusk Bags, Plateau Basketry: Sally Bags and Tlingit Spruce Root Baskets.

Vissinggaard Basketry Museum
Vissinggaard is an international center of willow-work and basketry in Denmark. A museum is on the grounds of the center. It is open during Big Willow & Basket Day and by appointment.

Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Nearly 350 Native American baskets from the Northwest Coast region, British Columbia, Alaska, and the western United States are included in the ethnology collection of this museum in Bellingham, WA.

White River Apache Cultural Museum
TUS AND TATS'AA: Apache Basketry Through Time is an ongoing presentation of the role of baskets in the lives of the White Mountain Apache in Arizona.

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