Discover our research




publications every year


scientific disciplines

Our scientists study the past and present societies, biodiversity and geology of Africa.

Our scientists base their research on:

  • the museum's unique collections
  • fieldwork
  • world-renowned expertise   
  • collaborative networks, particularly with African institutions.

  • Cultural Anthropology and History

    Our scientists study the languages, colonial history, ancient societies, political systems, cultural productions, music, etc. of populations from Africa or with African roots.

    Cultural Anthropology and History

  • Biology

    Our biologists study the biodiversity of various animal groups and help promote the sustainable management of Africa's tropical forests.


  • Earth Sciences

    Our researchers study mineral resources, geodynamics, surface environments and natural hazards in Central Africa.

    Earth Sciences

  • Research projects

    Read about the projects carried out by the museum's scientists.
  • Publications

    We have published more than 1,800 books, catalogues, etc. In addition to that, our researchers publish some 300 scientific texts each year.

  • Research strategy and ethics

    Read about our research principles.

Brochure on our scientific activities and collections:

Royal Museum for Central Africa. Centre for research, expertise, and cooperation (pdf, 7,5 MB)

Brochure on our activities in the DR Congo today:

the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the DR Congo today (pdf, 4MB)