The objects show the skills, crafts and traditions of different regions, with many items of a religious or ‘ritual’ nature. Some are now extremely rare like the strange looking ‘tapa cloth’ figure from Easter Island.
The World Cultures objects are arranged by the area in which they were collected and include material from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific.
Several of the displays in the Ulster Museum highlight these collections. In particular, the spectacular treasures of the Spanish Armada and archaeological material from ancient Egypt - including of course the Museum’s mummy.
The Museum’s collections include objects that offer tantalising glimpses of worlds we can only imagine. These were acquired by people travelling and working abroad.