Visiting the Museum

Where is the museum located?  Do I need an appointment?

The museum is located on the first floor of Gilman Hall on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Once you enter Gilman Hall, look for signage to the Archaeological Museum.

Is there a fee?

There is no fee. Museum entrance is free.

When is the museum open? Do I need an appointment?

The museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with the university’s current Phase 2 stage of its re-opening plan. We hope that this status will change as conditions improve.

You do not need appointments to visit our museum during our open hours.

When classes are in session, the museum is open to the public:
Monday – Friday: 10:30am to 1:30pm
First Saturday of the month: 12pm to 4pm

When classes are not in session (e.g. Intersession in January and Summer Break), the museum is open to the public:
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am to 1:30pm

As the museum’s primary function is to support the pedagogical work of Johns Hopkins, we follow university’s academic calendar. The museum is closed to the public when the university is closed to students, including: Martin Luther King Day, Spring Break, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Fall Break Day, Thanksgiving Week, and Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

Is the museum wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. There are several handicapped-designated parking spaces in the parking lot directly behind (to the west of) Gilman Hall. Once parked there, you can use graded entrances to come into the building through the basement level. Follow signage to one of two elevators on this floor and emerge on the 1st floor. Follow signage from the elevator to the museum.

Our building is a little complicated to navigate. If you are in need of assistance, please call the museum during our regular open hours at 410-516-0383 and we can direct you.

How do I book at tour for my group?

Given the size of our space, we can usually only accommodate groups of fifteen or less at a time. We ask that groups of six or more make advance reservations by submitting a request at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date.

We do not currently offer guided tours of the museum, but you are welcome to enjoy our exhibits and collections on your own.



Do you have a searchable database of the collection?

We are currently working on a full searchable database. For now, you can search our website for content using the search box located at the top right of each page. A small selection of our collection is also searchable online through ArtStor. Other inquiries about objects should be made through our researcher request form [LINK].

How can I use the collection for teaching a JHU-affiliated class?

Visit the teaching section [LINK].

 I am not a JHU educator, can I use the collection for teaching or arrange a class visit?

Contact us via this form [Link] so that we can better understand your needs.

How can I obtain images of objects in the Museum’s collections for publication or other use?

Complete our image request form. [LINK].

How do I learn about events at the Museum?

Events are posted on our Facebook page. You can also join the museum’s email list by filling out this form [LINK. Need to create new form for joining email list].


I’m a Hopkins student. Can I work at the museum?

If you are a Hopkins student on the Homewood campus and have completed your freshman year, you can apply for open positions in the museum. Student staff positions are advertised on our Facebook page and are usually posted at the beginning or end of the semester. Typical responsibilities of student staff include visitor services, day-to-day care of the museum space, data entry related to the collection, basic cataloguing of objects in the collection, and assisting with class visits.

I’m a museum professional, how can I apply for a position at the museum?

Due to the small staff-size at the professional level and the museum’s commitment to providing Hopkins students with valuable work experiences, we do not currently have any open positions in the museum for professional staff. Any employment opportunities are posted on the University’s Career page.


Do you accept donations to the collection?

If you are interested in donating archaeological objects to the museum, please refer to our donation guidelines [link]. Any objects offered for potential donation undergo an extensive review by the museum’s Faculty Advisory Committee [LINK] to ensure that objects were procured in a manner consistent with our guidelines.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact Associate Director Sanchita Balachandran [email or form?].

Can the Museum authenticate, appraise, or tell me about an object that I own?

The museum staff cannot identify, appraise, or authenticate objects and will not respond to these types of queries. We recommend that you seek the assistance of professional associations such as the American Society of Appraisers, Appraisers Associated of America, and the International Society of Appraisers. The inclusion of these associations is not an endorsement of the association or its members by the museum or University, but is provided as a convenience.