Today, images of artifacts from the Museum of World Cultures
are not only available to a global audience through the Internet--they
are also available by touring across the campus through various exhibits spanning the cultures of the globe. It's
a journey from Africa to Indonesia, from the South Pacific
to Latin America with destinations in between. The museum
has traveled far since its origin in 1981 as an idea born
of Dr. Gerald H. Shinn, who became the first director and
A UNCW Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion - long
known as a citizen of the world whose nationality is goodwill
- Dr. Shinn's tireless efforts as seen today speak well of
his vision to educate on diverse world cultures.
Along the way, leaders from academic and supporting communities,
locally and across the state solidified the Museum's central
educational mission: to enhance the University with a strong
focus on the creation of learning opportunities through the
use of historic physical artifacts. The pioneers envisioned
much of today's museum without walls as a vehicle to secure
artifacts and promote scholarship and teaching through the
interaction with those artifacts.
available artifacts into classrooms as teaching tools.
learning opportunities through display (on campus, in the
community and online).
and preserving historic artifacts for use by future generations.
student education and service learning artifacts in support
of museum studies, religion, history, anthropology and other disciplines.
and promoting museum-based enrichment, learning and study
to the greater community.
artifacts with a global audience via the Internet.