The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology has been studying past and present human cultures since it was founded in 1901, and in that time it has collected more than 3.8 million objects from around the world. In May 2018 the Hearst Museum launched its digital portal, enabling researchers and the public to explore over 700,000 items (as of this writing) in its vast collections. Here, readers can access that portal and browse featured collections such as Yoruba Ibeji figurines from Nigeria and folk items from the Western Balkans, and also filter their results by fields such as collection place, culture or time period, and function. For those interested, background information on the museum's collections, organized largely by continent, can be found below the collections portal link. Part of the University of California, Berkeley, the Hearst Museum's vision is "to build a fuller understanding of all cultures based on respect, interest, and empathy."