Natuurhistorisch & Volkenkundig

NVM Oudenbosch

Originally the second largest collection of the museum. Ethnological objects are present from Indonesia, China, Africa (mainly collected by the White Fathers who had their mission in what used to be the Belgian Congo) and Northern America.

Some unique objects, often part of everyday life in cultures that may since have vanished, may be admired here.

The current exposition has an emphasis on Africa. Weapons, musiacals intruments, headgear and body decoration are shown, as well as objects from initiation rituals. Also bridal gifts, arrows, and an actual village hut.

Three panels offer a short summary of the history of the White Fathers and their contacts with Oudenbosch. They open a window into a past where missionary work and colonisation went hand in hand.