The mission of the Museum of Anthropology is to educate the Utah State University (USU) and Cache Valley communities about the fields of Anthropology and Museum Studies. As a part of the Anthropology Program, the Museum works hard to provide a venue for coursework and a professional context for university students to acquire experience in museum operation and management. Through these efforts the Museum also serves as an educational resource for the USU and Cache Valley communities via exhibits, tours, and special programs.
State budgets continue to recover from the global economic downturn. Without additional support, we cannot sustain the traditional high-level research, teaching, and learning opportunities USU students deserve and have come to expect from the museum or continue our role as an educational resource to the larger community.
Many do not realize that tuition does not cover the full cost of operating the college and university. It doesn't even cover half. State funding doesn't either. The difference is made by private donors who believe in the museum mission and support it through gifts for our Family 1st Saturdays events, the World Explorers Club, and the Anthropology Lecture Series. They help us continue to help students acquire experience in museum operation and management and continue our role as an educational resource for the USU and Cache Valley communities.