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The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) is one of ten federal scientific establishments (FSE) in Belgium. As a scientific research institute dedicated to Africa, it occupies an important position on the international scene; as a cultural centre, it is one of the most visited museums in the country.
In 2006 the Royal Museum for Central Africa was one of the five nominees for the Museum Prize.
The Museum is home to some truly remarkable collections.
Its collection of ethnographic objects from Central Africa is in fact the only one of its kind in the world.
It also has in its keeping the entire archives of Henry Morton Stanley which are of great historical value. The RMCA has a film library and a photographic library and a large collection of maps and geological data

Its zoology collection features a large number of type specimens of African fauna, while the Entomology Section boasts some six million insects. The Museum also houses a magnificent collection of tropical wood, which is now the largest in Europe.

The Museum employs around 250 persons, including 75 scientists who are active in the following five fields: cultural anthropology, zoology, geology, history and agriculture and forest economy. In parallel with the research work, the scientific sections also offer various services. Each year, some one hundred students are given assistance in preparing their theses. Researchers can attend seminars, workshops and individual training courses.
Various databases are available to the public. For example, Metafro InfoSys manages a sizeable on-line database which provides information on documentary sources concerning Central Africa. In addition to a vast library, the RMCA has a documentation centre specialising in fields such as biodiversity, human sciences and geology.
Furthermore, the RMCA offers its support to the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

(from the museum's web site)

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