The Museum's Ethnography display consists of nearly 800 objects
from all corners of the globe, including Africa, Oceania, the
Americas and Asia. However, the display is only a fraction of
the Museum's total collection, which dates back to the original
Kelvingrove Museum in the 1870s.
Much of the Oceania collection was acquired from anthropologists,
missionaries and teachers working in the Pacific Islands during
the late nineteenth century. One such teacher was Robert
Bruce, who lived on the Torres Straits Islands between Australia
and New Guinea.