Humanities collection

The South Australian Museum is responsible for the largest and most comprehensive collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material in the world.

We are committed to a process of making these items accessible to Aboriginal communities across Australia, and also have a charter to interpret the collections to a broader Australian and international public, in partnership with Aboriginal people.

Our World Cultures collection encompasses ethnographic items from the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Our Papua New Guinea and Pacific cultures collections are particularly strong.


Shields on display in the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.

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Library collection