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Pacific collections at National Museums Scotland

There are around 5000 Pacific objects in the World Cultures collection of National Museums Scotland. The collection has its beginnings in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Natural History Museum and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Facing the Sea gallery in the National Museum of Scotland dedicated to the cultures of the South Pacific.

Facing the Sea gallery in the National Museum of Scotland dedicated to the cultures of the South Pacific.

The museum houses early voyage material including objects from the second and third voyages of Captain James Cook (1772-79) and of Captain Beechey (1825-28). Since the founding of the Royal Museum in 1854, Pacific material has been actively collected through links with Scottish soldiers, missionaries, traders, explorers and emigrants.

The collection encompasses domestic material, clothing and personal ornament, textiles (including an extensive collection of barkcloth), weapons, tools, model boats and musical instruments. Particular objects are associated with important individuals, such as Tahitian artefacts from the late 19th century brought to Scotland by Princess Titaua of Tahiti after her marriage to George Darsie of Fife. The museum continues to acquire both historical and contemporary material.

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