Heritage studies


  • Ethnographic objects
    The RMCA holds nearly 125,000 ethnographic objects. Belgium’s past explains why these ethnographic collections focus primarily on the many cultures in modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some of these pieces were exhibited as early as 1897 during the Brussels-Tervuren expo.
    In addition to the extensive Congolese collection, the museum also has collections from other parts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Portions of these collections arrived at the museum between 1967 and 1979 as part of an exchange with the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels. Another portion was acquired within the framework of research missions.
    These collections, patiently assembled and analysed over the years, make RMCA one of the world’s leading ethnographic museums.

    1) Specialised collection databases:
    Selections of pieces are grouped together according to specific themes. Short explanatory texts provide context for the objects.

    2) General database:
    This database contains more than 24,000 objects from the ethnographic collections. Users can carry out advanced searches using keywords (culture, geography, collector, etc.)

    Note: The images found in these two databases are the property of the RMCA and must not be used without permission from the Archives and Collection Management service.

  • Databases on African linguistics have been created.
  • An archaeological map of the DRC is under construction. It is largely based on the RMCA’s collections. At present, 60% of the sites mentioned in the RMCA’s archaeological inventories have been localised geographically. While the DRC as a whole bears traces of a rich archaeological heritage, some regions were, and still remain, the object of much greater attention.
    Legende kaart :
    Black circles: undated site from the RMCA collections.
    Red triangles: dated sites.
    Yellow: savanna.
    Green: forest.
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