The Anthropology and Archaeology department Indigenous cultures and the Ancient World collection, formerly known as the foreign ethnology collection, includes cultural items from Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Pacific and Melanesia, and Europe.
Since the Museum opened in the 1890s it has worked to bring the world to Western Australians and to position the State in a global context.
Objects in this collection illustrate issues about cultural diversity and what it is to be human. Objects range from stone tools up to 300,000 years old, to items reflecting contemporary popular culture, through to appropriation of indigenous and ancient designs [e.g. golliwogs, ‘Australian Aboriginal artefacts’ made in Bali].