Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world, MoAD provokes discussion from the get-go with the question, "When did you discover you are African?" painted on the wall at the entrance. With no permanent collection, the museum is light on displays and heavy on interactive exhibits. For instance, you can sit in a darkened theater and listen to the moving life stories of slaves; hear snippets of music that helped create genres from
gospel to hip-hop; and see videos about the Civil Rights movement or the Haitian Revolution. Some grumble that the presentations favor sweeping generalities over specifics, but almost everyone can appreciate the museum's most striking exhibit in the front window. The three-story mosaic, made from thousands of photographs, forms the image of a young girl's face. Walk up the stairs inside the museum to view the photographs up close—Malcolm X is there, Muhammad Ali, too, along with everyday folks—but the best view is from across the street.
Jul 10, 2008
This musuem is a treasure. It is unlike anything else I have experienced, small and inviting, the exhibits are great for kids and their traveling collections kept my interest. I will be back.