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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


[Re:] Entanglements: Colonial collections in decolonial times

Li Ka Shing Gallery

An astonishing collection of African artwork collected during Britain's first anthropological surveys of early 20th-Century West Africa is on display for the very first time at MAA, in a politically and emotionally charged exhibition where the curators pose difficult questions about the nature of colonialism at the time and its legacies today.

The exhibition also features photographic portraits, archival materials and contemporary artistic responses from Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Church and the ancestors: Sacred pir mats from Asmat, Papua, Indonesia

Andrews Gallery

Church and the Ancestors tells the story of how Asmat people of Papua, Indonesia, have transformed Catholicism.

Pacific Currents: New Displays from Oceania in the World Anthropology Gallery

Andrews Gallery

Pacific Currents showcases MAA’s exceptional and wide-ranging Oceanic collections, which originate from throughout the Pacific and date from the late 18th century to the present day.


Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.