All the museums
The Australian History Museum
The Australian History Museum is unique in both its collection and its usage. We hold a vast collection numbering over 8,000 items reflecting Australia's history from pre-colonization to today. The Australian History Museum offers the opportunity to engage with the range of objects and sources within the museum in a hands-on experience of Australia's social history. We have a strong focus on education and research, with educational programs for primary, secondary and tertiary students. We run hands-on volunteer and internship programs, as well as integration into university coursework, assessments and academic research. The museum is open to the public and we invite you to visit the Australian History Museum to discover this fascinating and enlightening collection for yourself.
Autry National Center
Performing legend Gene Autry first conceived of this museum as a means of interpreting the American West for the general public. When the museum opened in 1988 as the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, its exhibits were intended to tell the story of the region from prehistory to the present, and each artifact on display was selected to fill a particular role. It also contained memorabilia relating to the life and career of the “Singing Cowboy.” Since then, the museum has grown and its focus has evolved. Today the collection numbers more than 78,000 art objects and artifacts from Native American cultures and the western expansion of the United States. In 2002 the museum merged with the Women of the West Museum in Boulder, Colorado. The following year it also merged with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles. The Autry changed its name to the Museum of the American West with the governing organization of all three museums being the Autry National Center. Today, the three museums and the center’s Institute for the Study of the American West provide different lenses, curatorial specializations, and distinctive lines of intellectual inquiry to delve into the multifaceted study of the American West.
Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village
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The Bagshaw Museum is housed in a Victorian Gothic mansion set in thirty-six aces of woodland. The private residence of George Sheard from 1875–1902, the house became a museum in 1911, featuring displays on local history, natural history, Egyptology, ethnography, and Asian art.
Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914. Its 1929 structure was designed by eminent architect John Russell Pope. Eight additions were added to the original structure between 1937 and 1994. The Baltimore Museum of Art is Maryland’s largest art museum with a collection of more than 90,000 objects. Almost all of the museum’s significant collection of the arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania was acquired through bequest and/or gift, with collector Alan Wurtzburger being a major contributor. Its 2,017 African objects were given largely by Wurtzburger and Helen “Muffie” Lippincott McElhiney. Florence Reese Winslow and Richard W. Case were the major donors for the 1,084 Native American pieces. Its 445 Oceanic objects were donated by Wurtzburger and Luther Emory Allen, and 1,346 pre-Columbian pieces were donated by Wurtzburger and Mr. & Mrs. John J. McCavitt. Important pieces of the collection include a demba dance mask from the Baga culture in Guinea from the Wurtzburger Collection, and a warrior’s headdress with train, c. 1930, from the Asaroke (Crow)/Siksika (Blackfoot), which was donated by Richard W. Case. Most of the museum’s significant objects are on permanent display. Additional objects from the collection may be seen by researchers by appointment.
The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, it holds more 600,000 volumes; 60,000,000 manuscript items; 2,800,000 photographs/pictorial materials; and 23,000 maps. It is a vast resource for the study of ethnology, particularly relating to Native California and pre-Columbian Mexico.
Situated in the heart of Old Geneva, the Musée Barbier-Mueller is dedicated to the preservation, study, and publication of the remarkable art collection begun by Josef Mueller in 1907 and carried on to this day by his heirs. Born in 1887 in Solothurn, Switzerland, Josef Mueller took an early interest in the acquisition of art, and as early as 1918 had amassed a group of important modern paintings that included many works by such masters as Picasso, Cézanne, Braque, Renoir, Matisse, and others. Mueller began collecting tribal art in the 1920s, and though his collection continually grew, it was extremely rarely exhibited in his lifetime. Mueller's son-in-law, Jean Paul Barbier, was an art collector in his own right, and when the two collections were eventually combined, the Barbier collection brought a previously unsought coherency to the collection of Josef Mueller, and in the process created one of the greatest, if not the greatest, collection of tribal art in the world. The Musée Barbier-Mueller was opened in 1977, shortly after Josef Mueller's death. The museum's collection, which is constantly enriched by Jean Paul Barbier, today comprises 7,000 works of art, including sculptures, masks, textiles, and objects of prestige and corporal adornment. The principal areas of collection are, in order of importance, Africa, the East Indies ("primitive" Indonesia), Oceania, the Americas (pre- and post-Columbian), tribal Asia, and, in a more general manner, the prehistoric or archaic phases of certain great civilizations, including Greece, Italy, Japan, and the East Indies.
The Bead Museum is operated by the Bead Society of Greater Washington, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of beads and ornaments. It encourages the scholarly study of beads, which are among the oldest, most universal, and most enduring artifacts of mankind. In addition, it fosters public appreciation of beads as objects of beauty that have been used not only for adornment but also as status symbols and protective amulets in ancient, ethnic, and contemporary cultures.