The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology of Georgetown, Guyana

Caribbean | | September 22, 2011 at 12:31 am


As the name suggests Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology is a museum showcasing works and facts related to anthropology. The museum is situated in the city of Georgetown, Guyana. The administration of the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology claims that this is the oldest anthropology museum of the Caribbean territory that has English-speaking population. The museum was founded in the year 1974; however, it was opened for public after 8 years i.e. in the year 1982.

Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology

The museum is run by a non-profit organization, which is a subsidiary of the government of the island. The NPO’s primary goal is collecting, conserving and exhibiting the artifacts belonging to the people of ancient civilizations of Guyana. The members of this NPO conduct several anthropological researches for gathering and disseminating information about the ancient natives of the island. The museum organizes educational programs for offering interesting facts about the ancient civilization of this part of the world.

Exhibits at Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology

Other than educating people about ancient Guyana, the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, like any other museum of the world houses some exiting exhibits. The first collection to reach the shelves of this museum came from the famous archaeologist of Guyana, Denis Williams. Then gradually collections donated by Walter Roth, Everardim Thurn, J.J. Quelch and many others started adorning different corners of the museum. In the year 1991, the museum obtained an exciting ethnographic collection from Waiwai; this collection was presented by George Mentore, a famous anthropologist working on ancient Guyanese Cultural. Other than all these, several excavated artifacts collected from different parts of the island are also displayed at the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology. The management of the museum works keeping certain goals in mind. One of their primary goals is expanding the museum’s collection. 

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