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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).

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.

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 symbolic of… 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 friendship… 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 emergence of… 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.

Trombone Shorty Onstage at Tipitina’s

A typical sight in New Orleans – the Second Line Parade.  Winding through the French Quarter, this lively group embodies the New Orleans Tradition.  The roots of this and other elements of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage are explored in GREAT MUSEUMS: New Orleans: A Living Museum… more >

Second Line Parade

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry was inspired by a trip to foreign soil. Philanthropist Julius Rosenwald visited Germany and saw for the first time a museum where visitors could touch things and pull levers and learn how things work. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and… more >

Chicago Museum of Science & Industry

Abby Rockefeller, wife of John D., contributed to the founding of the most important museum of contemporary art in America—The Museum of Modern Art.  This was a space for contemporary living artists to show their work. From GREAT MUSEUMS: In Our Time: The Museum of Modern Art.… more >

A MoMA Moment

With items representing all cultures and all civilizations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an encyclopedia of the human experience. From GREAT MUSEUMS: A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A Moment at the Met

The Henry Ford Museum s a tribute to American innovation and ordinary genius with its celebration of great milestones of American invention. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). 

The Henry Ford Museum

The discovery of dinosaur bones always makes headlines. In the early 1900s, collectors competed for the largest finds. From GREAT MUSEUMS: Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006). 

The Dinosaur Wars

In spite of hard times, museums flowered during the Great Depression, with the WPA creating museum jobs for all types of workers. From Riches, Radicals and Rivals.

The Great Depression

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