World Cultures Collection

Museums have historically collected from other lands and peoples in an attempt to understand ‘the other’.

Museum Victoria’s International Ethnographic Collection reflects this ethos, and results largely from the very active acquisition programs of the later 19th and early to mid-20th centuries.

The collection contains smaller but significant cultural materials from the rest of the world, and includes 4694 objects collected from 68 countries.

A significant part of the collection has its origins in 20th century Europe and Northern Africa, being obtained by exchange with some of the world’s largest museums, including the British Museum.

Geographic regions covered include the following:

  • Europe.
  • Southern and western Africa (including textiles).
  • Egypt (including several mummies).
  • Southeast Asia.
  • Northwest coast of America.