Born out of conflict, the term universal museum is an institution born to project the Western perception of the world during the 18-19th century.
The representation of the world grew as the world became more globalised. However, still today, the universal museums only really represent a very small fraction of the world’s diverse cultures.
This unfair representation of the world is in fact bound very much to the history of the Western world. For example, Egyptian department is almost a necessity for a big and well acclaimed universal museum. However, this collection is a result of Napoleonic conquest to Egypt during the early 1800’s
Using these sets of historical data, I attempt to create an alternative guide to today’s universal museums.