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Margaret and Charles Burroughs started a black history Museum in their Chicago living room with items collected from their travels to Africa. This museum became the DuSable Museum of African American History, the oldest museum of its type in the country. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches,… more >

Black History Museums: The DuSable

What’s a motorcycle doing in an art museum, sharing the stage with paintings by Picasso and Matisse?  Glenn Lowry, Director of MoMA, and Terence Riley, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, explain. From GREAT MUSEUMS: In Our Time: The Museum of Modern Art (2006).… more >

Vincent Black Shadow

From architect Renzo Piano’s workshop, high on a hilltop north of Genoa, Italy, come some of the world’s most innovative museum designs. Here Piano speaks about his design for the High Museum, the centerpiece of a “village for the arts” on Peachtree St. in Atlanta.  From GREAT… more >

Renzo Piano—Creating Architectural Icons

Jose Marti is revered in Cuba as the founder of the Cuban nation. Paintings, markers and statues, like this one in Revolution Square, commemorate the story of Cuban independence, a revolution led by Marti at the end of the 19th century. Havana’s Museum of the City holds many… more >

Jose Marti in Revolution Square

Ada Rosa Alfonso, Director of the Ernest Hemingway Museum, shows Hemingway’s knife collection, displayed on top of a matador’s cape. Here she points out the blood of the bull, still staining the cloth. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Curious About Cuba: The Great Museums of Havana (2009).… more >

Matador’s Cape in Hemingway House

A glimpse inside Ernest Hemingway’s house reveals his passion for books and wild animals.  In “Curious About Cuba,” the Great Museums team travels to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home for more than 20 years. There he wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize… more >

Hemingway’s House

Growing, living collections bring the world’s natural beauty into focus at the New York Botanical Garden. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Radicals and Rivals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006).

New York Botanical Garden

In San Francisco, the de Young Museum was redesigned to make an elegant connection with its historic landscape. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). 

The de Young Museum

At the National Zoo, the focus on conservation brings endangered species front and center. From GREAT MUSEUMS: The Smithsonian National Zoo: Wild Thing! (2008)

Endangered Species at the National Zoo

Knit into the fabric of New York City, the renovated Museum of Modern Art was reinvented for the 21st century. Windows and spectacular views open the museum up to the urban landscape.  From GREAT MUSEUMS: In Our Time: The Museum of Modern Art (2006).

Museum of Modern Art

A MUSEUM MOMENT This Kongo power figure enjoyed a place of honor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition featuring acquisitions made by retiring museum director, Philippe de Montebello. Featured in GREAT MUSEUMS: An Acquiring Mind: Philippe de Montebello and the… more >

Mangaaka Power Figure

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).

It Took a Village

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).

The Story of the Holocaust

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 Museums in… 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). 

Isabella Stewart Gardner

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