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Human sciences 

The human sciences department has several collections that have been largely digitalised. They can be accessed via a central collection database whose search engine enables searching with a number of criteria. Several extraordinary collections are  highlighted in the Featured Collections.
They are introduced and explained in brief by scientists of the RMCA or by external specialists.
Take a look and take a short trip to the RMCA’s treasures! Go back in time one hundred years, discover the rich material cultures of Africa and get a unique view of everyday life and some very important events!
> view the Featured collections.

  • Apart from collections of the central collection databank, you can also consult the Ethnomusicological sound archive online. This archive consists of 3000 hours of musical recordings, the oldest dating back to 1910!
         Browse our Ethnomusicological sound archive:
  • Finally, the inventory of Stanley archives can also be consulted online. It offers access to 65 diaries and notebooks, about 10,000 letters, over 800 drawings, slides, maps and manuscripts.
         See Stanley archive inventory
         More on Henry  M.Stanley:

> discover the collections of human sciences

Natural sciences 

The museum’s collections are more than just heritage; they are first and foremost valuable support for scientific research. They are the basis for study and comparison in numerous projects. A large part of these collections have been digitalised and can be consulted through various scientific databanks. A number of collections can be found in RMCA’s databanks while others are part of major international networks.

> discover the collections of natural sciences

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