Located in 150 McGraw Hall, part of the original University Museum, the Cornell Anthropology Collections include approximately 20,000 items representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic to the present. Archaeological and ethnographic materials are about equally represented.

The Collections are primarily a teaching and research tool and are not open on a regular schedule, but can be visited by appointment by individuals and groups. Classes up to 20 students can easily arrange sessions in the Collections to work with particular materials, and many items can be signed out by faculty for use in classes when a full visit to the Collections is not warranted.