Marian Eakins Archaeological Collection

Housed at the Northern California campus library

Consortium member institution of the Tel Gezer Excavation Project

The Marian Eakins Archaeological Collection provides its guests a doorway into the world of the past. The museum’s primary purpose is to preserve and display antiquities from the land of the Bible, especially the ancient Near East. The Collection provides a unique cultural and educational opportunity for citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area and visitors to this part of the country. In addition to individuals, groups from schools and churches are frequent guests of the museum, which is located in the library building at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment.

Among the museum’s significant holdings are Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern coins from biblical times, pottery representing over 3,000 years of Near Eastern culture, and glassware from the Roman period. In addition to these and numerous other antiquities, the Collection includes items more recent in date such as Aztec ceramics; Native American mortars, pestles, and arrowheads; and proprietary medicine bottles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The museum occasionally displays objects on loan from other collections, including items owned by local residents. Such exhibits have featured Native California basketry, ancient Coptic fabrics, coins of the first seventeen Roman emperors, and Native American pottery from the southwestern United States.

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In 1973, ken eakins, then professor of archaeology and Old Testament, began to acquire antiquities from the ancient Near East for a seminary collection to be used primarily in the classroom. His wife, Marian, who held a degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and who was a member of the Joint Archaeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi, Israel, was appointed the first curator of these items in 1986. As curator, she initiated the public display of material and created the first exhibits. Following Marian’s death in 1990, the Seminary trustees named the growing collection in her memory and established an endowment fund for its support.

Museum Hours and Staff

Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tours available by appointment – contact Dr. Gary Arbino or kenneth eakins at 415-381-0694 for information.

Museum Director:  Dr. j. kenneth eakins
Museum Curator:  Dr. Gary Arbino