About the Museum

The Robbins Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The Massachusetts Archaeological Society opened the Robbins Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at 17 Jackson St in downtown Middleborough in 1988. Named for Maurice “Doc” Robbins, the first State Archaeologist of Massachusetts, Mass Archaeology curates extensive archaeological and ethnographic collections, including artifacts, excavation records, rare books, and photographs, at its repository.

With 21,000 square feet of exhibit and office space, the Robbins Museum houses approximately 200,000 cultural items in its collectionsobjects, as well as a lecture hall and picture gallery, a library, collections, and laboratory space.

The Robbins Museum features:
– Displays with more than 3,000 unique stone tools, ceramic vessels, and other artifacts dating back 12,000 years.
– The distinctive Doyle Native American Ethnographic Collection of 20th century dolls and figurines.
– Our Walk Through Time exhibit that carries you from the time of last glaciers to the modern era.
– The Museum Book Store with exclusive publications and rare finds on archaeology and cultural history in New England.


  • 17 Jackson Street
    Middleboro, MA 02346
  • Saturday: 10:00AM — 2:00PM