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The National Museum of World Cultures (Netherlands) comprises three museums on three different sites- the Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden), the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Africa Museum (Berg en Dal). The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) is a flagship research institute within the National Museum of World Cultures that serves as a focal point for research on ethnographic collections in the Netherlands. RCMC fosters interdisciplinary research, focused on its internationally renowned collections, which comprise over 376,000 objects and almost 1million photographs cataloguing the diversity of world cultures. Its research projects and programs address the historical and contemporary meanings of these collections, the national and global histories of which they are a part, and the contemporary societal questions around issues of heritage, cultural identity and belonging that these objects raise.