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Yvain 27th November 2020 11:45 AM

Online museum collections
Hi all !

Has there ever been an attempt on this forum to compile every online museum collections containing vast or important ethnographic weapon collections ?

I personally use them a lot in my researches, and I think they are an extremely useful tool in our field.

However, I feel like they are underexploited, and that some are downright obscure and unknown from the general collector (I personally discover new ones every weeks). A thread where we compile them to help others in their research would thus be rather helpful in my opinion.

Norman McCormick 27th November 2020 01:35 PM

I'll start

Athanase 27th November 2020 01:59 PM

Musée du Quay Branly (Paris) :

ACM (Singapour) :

Athanase 27th November 2020 02:11 PM

Online collection from several museum from South-West France :

Kubur 27th November 2020 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by Yvain
Hi all !

A thread where we compile them to help others in their research would thus be rather helpful in my opinion.

I see you want the Legion d honneur...

Pitt Rivers Museum

Albert 27th November 2020 08:25 PM

Dutch museums
The collection site of four Dutch ethnographical museums:

Luc LEFEBVRE 27th November 2020 10:25 PM

MEG (Geneva)


Africa Museum (Tervuren)

British Museum (London)

Ethnologisches Museum (Berlin)

Yvain 28th November 2020 09:47 AM

Hi Kubur,

Just trying to make our research endeavours easier ;)

Thanks to everyone !

I didn't expect the thread to catch on so quickly and I fear I don't have much to contribute myself after such great suggestions !

I do recommend the Quai Branly (of course), huge collection, but the photographic archives are maybe even more interesting !

The British museum one is also very good with some rare pieces, and is surprisingly not talked about a lot.

The SMB database contains some rare weapons from Cameroon which might be useful to people studying the area.

I will add this portal (German) :

The Peabody Museum collections :

The American Museum of Natural History (very clear website with a lot of interesting pieces !) :

The Welt Museum Wien :

If I think of (or find) more I will add them !

Tim Simmons 28th November 2020 12:43 PM

Duccio 28th November 2020 06:02 PM

a museum in Florence, with many European weapons and armor, but also an interesting collection of weapons and armor from the Middle East, India and Japan

Jerseyman 29th November 2020 12:27 AM

Online weapons collections that I use.

The Royal Armouries - a very broad collection including ethnographic weapons.

The Royal Collection - primarily European, but with a very fine collection of Indian arms and armour.

The phenomenal Wallace Collection - both European and Oriental/Asian collections.


The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna - seems primarily to have the European weapons digitally catalogued, though the collection has a fair selection of high quality Indo-Persian items.

The V&A Museum - unhelpfully a lot of the collection is not yet photographed, but the items are described in detail, and you can request pictures of anything of interest.

The Ashmolean Museum Oxford - search by terms. A broad mix of items.

National Museum of Korea - search by terms. Primarily Korean weaponry.

The State Hermitage Museum - a mixed collection of high quality European and Indo-Persian items, with a scattering of ethnographic pieces.!ut/p/z1/nZFha8IwEIZ_iz9gJOlqox-PbE1tJ7GLMWu-SHTVFddWdFj275eKA-mwwu7LcfC-z73HIYPekKnsqdjar6Ku7KebMxMsBUBAHhmOcehjDC8ypUAlwQ lF-izANwowMtd-wWdjDAkhgYjCaah-_T0C079_gQwy5L38bvsxt4f1B8p0bvd1dezC_7pNf3bdQq8JPO RPGPg4ZSNfeHxEugIxSSgGMR9GQiyYx_yLoGdJ5kLSmyGlh_Sp yBukqvpQuo_IlqjZdJmq51fnPd_uevf26C6Z_JMc3_vJvlRqtx pu5OQhi7ezppnDZgeDwQ-jIfTo/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?1dmy=#meta_woa_category_main=Weapons%2C%20Armor&s earch=Weapons&meta_authoring_template=WOA

Of course the amazing Metropolitan Museum collection.!?q=arms%20and%20armour

Not ethnographic, but perhaps still of interest - the UK National Army Museum.

kai 29th November 2020 08:44 AM

just making links clickable:


corrado26 29th November 2020 10:10 AM

Here the link to the "Historisches Museum Bern/CH" with the famous and very important collection of Henry Moser

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