World Cultures gallery

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The World Cultures gallery takes you on a journey around the globe looking at Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania.

Drawing on our huge ethnographic collections, the gallery introduces you to the peoples of the world. Their traditions, beliefs and religions are explained through the objects and artefacts they created.

Stories behind the objects

The displays explore the exchange of ideas and objects between the various cultures and Europe. How this exchange influenced all the societies involved is a major theme of the gallery. Historical and contemporary voices help explain the cultural background and stories behind the objects.

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