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A Mexican village worked for a year to complete this fantastic mosaic, commissioned by the Mexican Fine Arts Center. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).  more >

It Took a Village

At the National Museum of Mexican Art (formerly the Mexican Fine Arts Center) in Chicago, visitors are treated to an eye-popping experience.  Centuries of colorful Mexican art from both sides of the border explain the roots of indigenous Mexican people. “We don’t want to… more >

The National Museum of Mexican Art

A Science Museum can be a place of discovery, learning, and fun. Hands-on interaction brings simple wonders of the world to life. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).  more >

Ah-Ha! Moments

Visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum follow a designated path through the exhibits. The objects and photos tell a specific story. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).  more >

The Story of the Holocaust

The imagery, the symbolism and the architecture of the Holocaust is presented in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  Designed by theater producers, the museum tells this tragic story in a unique way. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100… more >

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

A MUSEUM MOMENTIn the groundbreaking exhibit, “Field to Factory,” The Smithsonian National Museum of American History highlighted the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the Industrial North. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of… more >

Field to Factory

Isabella Stewart Gardner created a Venetian palace in Boston where she displayed only the finest works of art. Masterpieces fill this exquisite space. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).   more >

Isabella Stewart Gardner

Elaborate cigar rings and labels enhance the allure of the Cuban cigar. GREAT MUSEUMS travels to the Cigar Museum, “Casa de Tabaco,” in Havana. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Curious About Cuba: The Great Museums of Havana (2009).  more >

Casa de Tabaco

A dance troupe at the Casa de Africa Museum moves through a lively display of Cuba’s African roots. In Curious About Cuba, GREAT MUSEUMS explores the diverse origins and traditions of Afro-Cuban culture.  more >

Casa de Africa Museum

In GREAT MUSEUMS: Curious About Cuba, Luz Merino, Vice Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, explains Victor Manuel’s “The Tropical Gypsy,” a piece that literally changed the face of Cuban Art. Called “The Mona Lisa of the Americas,” Manuel’s subject is… more >

The Tropical Gypsy

The earliest pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chinese art collection were made nearly 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period. This jar illustrates a key factor in Chinese art, the concept of “floating lines.” An examination of early Chinese art as highlighted in… more >

Neolithic Jar

Great Museums captures Mike Hearn, Curator of Chinese Painting, who examines and explains a beautiful Chinese scroll landscape dating from the 11th century. Emblazoned with the ownership seals of at least two Chinese monarchs, the landscape tells the symbolic story of a… more >

Mike Hearn, Curator of Chinese Painting

In China: West Meets East at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Great Museums explores the nature of Chinese art and its relevance to Western ideas. In the 18th and 19th centuries, “China” simply meant the fine porcelain-ware found in the cabinets of better homes. But the… more >

Not Just China

New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music, takes a look at the roots and traditions of New Orleans music.  Ellis Marsalis, revered jazz pianist, music educator and patriarch of New Orleans’ First Family of Jazz is shown here performing at the annual Spring French Quarter Festival.… more >

Jazz Patriarch Ellis Marsalis

Featured in New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music, is Trombone Shorty, performing onstage at the legendary Tipitina’s. Trombone Shorty grew up in the Treme neighborhood. From GREAT MUSEUMS: New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music.  more >

Trombone Shorty Onstage at Tipitina’s

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