Current and Upcoming Exhibits

Our Best Friends: How Humans and Dogs Evolved Together
Opening fall 2018

Our Best Friends: How Humans and Dogs Evolved Together will take you on a journey through the timeless relationship between dogs and humans.

Explore the early domestication of dogs, drawing on the latest archaeological discoveries. Travel back in time to witness the first evidence of dog burials in Bronze Age Thailand and uncover the first dog burial in the Americas at the Koster Site in Illinois. Discover how NIU became the Huskies and learn about the history of NIU’s mascots by viewing photographs, memorabilia, costumes, and different depictions of Huskies across campus.

Experience the diverse ways dogs enrich our lives. From their work in law enforcement and rescue to therapy and companionship, "Our Best Friends" examines how the unique bond between humans and dogs has deepened over time.

Learn to become an activist for dogs by volunteering and donating to local shelters, signing animal rights petitions, and much more. The exhibit presents best practices for adoption, how to identify suspected dog fighting rings, and how to respectfully interact with service dogs.

To book a group tour, complete the tour reservation form.

For more information on this exhibit can reinforce your class learning objectives, please download the "Our Best Friends” exhibit educator’s flyer.

Contact Us

James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick
Museum of Anthropology
Cole Hall 114


The Museum will be closed for the summer beginning May 12, 2018 and will re-open in the fall 2018. 


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