Founded by anthropologists Catherine and Ronald Berndt in 1976, The Berndt Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s most significant collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultural artefacts, including over 11,500 objects and 35,000 photographs and audio-visual recordings.
Telling stories from different times and places, the museum contains a range of material, including UNSECO listed Yirrkala drawings from north-east Arnhem Land, some of the earliest pieces of contemporary art for the Birrundudu in the Northern Territory, and human figures intricately craved onto boab nuts from the Kimberley.
The museum embraces research, education and outreach, telling stories of cultural importance that explore historical and contemporary narratives, people, places and events.
The Berndt collection has significantly contributed to the current education of Aboriginal culture and provides an invaluable insight into the history of Aboriginal people, both ancient and contemporary.
The Museum Archive contains a series of collections that document Australian Aboriginal knowledge, law and culture, socio-economic and political life, histories and interactions.
The Berndt Museum of Anthropology is located within UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Visitors are welcome to view exhibitions from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Image credit: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Website.
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