The Redpath Museum is a natural history museum located on the campus of McGill University. Exhibits at the museum are found on three floors and focus on natural history, world cultures (ethnology), and mineralogy. Popular specimens include dinosaurs, shells, mummies and a wide variety of Quebec minerals.
There are approximately 1000 cultural objects (household and ceremonial items, ornaments, musical instruments) displayed in the Museum’s newly installed World Cultures (Ethnology) Gallery, including archaeological material from ancient Egypt and a collection of African musical instruments.
Most of the African material is from Central Africa (Angola and Congo) and was collected in 1900. It includes ancestral and spirit figures carved in wood; basketry, beadwork and personal ornaments, blacksmithing tools, carved stools and chairs, ceremonial staffs, masks, musical instruments, pottery and household artifacts, shields and weapons, textiles (approximately 2500 objects).