Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna), Austria
The Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna), formerly known as Museum of Ethnology Vienna, is one of the most important of its kind worldwide. It developed out of the Anthropological-Ethnographical Department of the Natural History Museum, in 1928 becoming an independent museum located in the Hofburg Palace. Its oldest exhibits were acquired in the 16th century, and found their way via Ambras Castle in the Tyrol to the Imperial collection in Vienna. The collections of the Weltmuseum Wien comprise more than 200.000 ethnographic objects, 25.000 photographs, 136.000 printed works and over 300 kilometers of film on the history, culture, art and everyday life of predominantly non-European peoples.
The origins of the Museum of Ethnology date to the year 1806, as with the acquisition of a portion of the Cook collection a separate 'imperial and royal ethnographic collection' was established in the imperial Hofnaturalienkabinett (lit. court cabinet of natural objects). From 1876, the anthropological-ethnographic department of the Natural History Museum administered the rapidly growing holdings. Since 2001, the museum is a part of the scholarly institute “Kunsthistorisches Museum with the Museum of Ethnology and the Austrian Theatre Museum.”
ASEMUS gives us the possibility to make networking with museums all over the world. Another positive aspect of meetings organised by ASEMUS is the exchange of ideas, comments and information among the staff of museums.