World Cultures gallery

Where next?

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The World Cultures gallery showcases National Museums Liverpool’s huge collections from Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Featuring more than 1,600 objects, the gallery explores the exchange of ideas and objects between Europe and the many cultures represented in the displays.

Where next for the World cultures gallery? 

It is now 15 years since the gallery opened and it is time for a change.

We have created a space to help us think through what that change might be and we want you to join us in the conversation. You will soon find a new discussion area in the gallery so you can post your thoughts, ideas, and reactions to the changes we plan to make. If you cannot visit the World Museum you can also talk to us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We will listen and respond to what you have to say.

We hope that some of the first things you will talk to us about are the new gallery displays we will build over the next 12 months. They will showcase the exciting collaborations we have undertaken with a number of inspiring people who have provoked us to think differently about how we exhibit and how we think about the collections. The new displays will be creative, imaginative, challenging, and in places very funny.

So, let’s start talking and see where we go next with the World Cultures gallery.

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William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

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Highlights

Hand-built communal palmwine vessel, from south-eastern Nigeria, used for offering libations to the ancestors at festivals.
Head of a Queen Mother in bronze from Benin wearing the characteristic peaked headdress of coral beads to show her special status.
A Kongo nkondi nkisi figure called Mangaaka, with ‘medicine’ pack on its belly, which gave it its special personality and powers.
Codex Fejéváry Mayer - Portrays a series of interconnected calendars that gave guidance about life, labour and tribute to the Mixtec people over 500 years ago.
Totem pole - Made in 1984 during the Liverpool International Garden Festival by Kwakwaka'wakw master carver Richard Hunt.
A high-status ‘taumi’ chest ornament worn in the Society Islands at the time of Captain Cook, made from feathers, sharks' teeth, pearl shell and dog hair on a wickerwork base.
Maori ‘kahu kiwi’ cloak made from kiwi feathers and New Zealand flax fibre, with a decorative twined border (taniko) on three sides and decorative twining along the neck edge.
King Thibaw’s throne - The British invaded Burma in 1885 with the intent of overthrowing the King. Soldiers took this ivory chair from King Thibaw’s palace in Mandalay during the attack.
High Official’s Robe - This 18th century silk robe has travelled from the Forbidden City in Beijing, to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, and then finally to Bromborough, Wirral on Merseyside.
Early hand-coloured map of China by Richard Blome. It was made in 1669 by a Dutch mapmaker who lived in London.

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