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Ethnological Museum (Museum fur Volkerkunde) description and photos - Austria: Vienna. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Museum fur Volkerkunde.
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The Ethnological Museum is the largest ethnographic and anthropological museum in Austria. Located in one of the parts of the former imperial residence of the Hofburg. The museum was founded in 1876: it was then that the ethnological department of the Natural History Museum appeared. The first exhibits were brought even earlier, in the first decade of the 19th century. Many travelers and sailors helped to collect the collection. Museum archives were rapidly replenishing, so in 1928 the Ethnological Museum began to work independently of the Natural History Museum. So, now the museum has about 250 thousand different exhibits from all over the world: Asia, Oceania, Africa.
The exposition of the museum helps its visitors learn more about the development of mankind on earth, about the similarities and differences of cultures and traditions of different peoples of the world, get acquainted with the peculiarities of life and traditional crafts. The museum is proud of its valuable exhibits. For example, the crown of the leader of the Aztecs, made from feathers of different birds, the collection of James Cook. In addition, bronze items, antique textiles, finds from the Amazon region and much more are of great interest.
The Oriental collection is represented by ancient Japanese masks dating back to the 8th century. They were brought by Franz Ferdinand, traveling in the East in the 19th century. A great contribution to the museum collection was made by Baron von Hugel, who was an ardent explorer and admirer of Southeast Asia. Thanks to the baron, an Indian collection of jewelry, weapons, and various religious artifacts appeared in the museum.
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