The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, http://www.africamuseum.be/museum), located at Tervuren, in the outskirts of Brussels↑, Belgium↑, is a unique museum of its kind. The idea of building such a museum dates back to 1897 following the World Fair and should be seen within the historical framework of the European race for the conquest and domination of Africa↑. King Leopold II↑ was the leading force in Belgium's presence in Central Africa↑ and such endeveaour has passed to history as one of the most ruthless and brutal colonizations ever. The museum, which was built between 1904 and 1910 modelling after Versailles↑ and the Petit Palais↑ in Paris↑, intended to reflect the European colonial view of Africa at that time. The museum collection has hardly changed since the 1960s and has kept the Europe-biased approach to the Black continent purposefully as a telling source of historical manipulation and eurocentrism.
The museum houses premier collections of ethnographic objects from Central Africa, the entire archives of Henry Morton Stanley, a film library and a photographic library, historical maps and geological data. The RMCA is a world centre for research and dissemination of knowledge about past and present societies and natural environments in Central Africa and of the Democratic Republic of Congo↑ in particular. A new look into the colonial era encouraged the organisation of the exhibition "Memory of Congo. The Colonial era" in 2005 (http://www.congo2005.be/).
The museums is going through a major renovation process to be expected to finalise in 2010 for the celebration of its 100th anniversary.