Okeke-Agulu: Kinsey, I did not see a problem with using the term “encyclopedic” to describe the ROM, given that it has extensive collections of world cultures–from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Pre-Columbian, to European, African, Japanese, Native American, Islamic–and, yes, natural history. Not to mention the sheer scale of the museum and its holdings. It would be reductive, I think, to describe it as an ethnographic museum. In any case, I don’t think it is profitable to debate the definition of “encyclopedic museum”; I only wished to draw attention to Museums like the ROM that have materials you would find in both ethnological (basketry, and shrunken human heads) and art museums (Hellenistic sculpture, and Benjamin West’s Death of General Wolfe).

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