National Museum of African American History and Culture Guide for Caribbean Families

The Caribbean Family Guide to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Level 4: Culture Galleries

This level had the most outright references to the Caribbean.  There are no photos of the actual artwork because the museum prohibits photographs of the artwork in order to protect the intellectual property.  If you see images of the artwork on this website, it will be partially obscured by a person or thing, or taken at an angle where it does not threaten intellectual property ownership.

One of my favorite places was the art gallery in the Visual Art section because it was a much needed quiet space after taking in so much information around the museum.  It was a very nice place to go to reflect on all that we had seen.  

    • Visual Art and the American Experience

    • Musical Crossroads
    • Taking the Stage
    • Cultural Expressions

    • Style: Image and Identity

Colorism in Mexico – painting suggests that Mexicans acknowledged mixed race relationships

Malcolm X (Jamaica)

French Caribbean Portraits (Guadeloupe, Martinique)

French Caribbean Portraits (Guadeloupe, Martinique)

French Colonial Dress in Martinique and Guadeloupe

Jamaica Hair and Politics

Bob Marley (Jamaica) – dreadlocks

Bob Marley (Jamaica) – dreadlocks

    • Foodways: Culture and Cuisine

Jamaican higglers selling sweets (1899); Enslaved Brazilian street vendors (1875)

    • Artistry: Craftsmanship and Creativity

    • Movement: Social Dance and Gesture

    • Language: The Power of the Word

You can also check out my guide to the museum on Mommy Nearest.