About the Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

About the Museum

The Simon Fraser University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MAE) collects, researches, and exhibits artifacts from around the world with a focus on British Columbia.

The MAE is closely affiliated with the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Archaeological collections arising from excavations and other research by faculty, staff, and students are housed in the museum. A large and growing archive of images having to do with archaeology and ethnology is also the basis for many of our virtual exhibits. If you have photographs you think the Museum might be interested in, please contact museum@sfu.ca or (778) 782-3325.

The MAE works hard to make sure our content is relevant, interesting, and important to the topic of human history. Many of the Museum’s exhibits are created by students as part of museum studies courses offered in the Department of Archaeology or the growing MAE Research Associate program. Students study collections management, archaeological conservation, and web exhibit design. Some of their work may be viewed on this site.

Explore our website for more information on the History of the MAE, Our Current and Virtual Exhibits, and ways that you can Get Involved.

We at the museum hope you enjoy the website! 

A totem pole is lifted and moved into the newly built SFU Museum in the 1960s. Photo from the SFU Archives.