The collection holds over 30,000 artifacts from the Pacific region, including some gathered by Captain Cook on his first and third voyages.
The basis of the collection is artifacts from influential world sites such as Olduvai Gorge, Le Moustier,and Jericho. The British collections are especially strong on Paleolithic remains from East Anglia, as well as the Mesolithic (e.g. Star Carr), Bronze Age, Roman, and Saxon periods.
Though the museum welcomes researchers, its limited space and high demand means that visiting scholars should contact the museum administration at least one month ahead of a proposed visit. Researchers cannot be accommodated during August and September.
Casual visitors are welcome without prior notice at regular opening hours.