National Museum of African Art
Enid A Haupt Garden
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In the basement of the Ripley Center, Discovery stages delightful puppet shows and other productions for children.
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National Museum of African Art information
Enter the museum’s ground-level pavilion through the Enid A Haupt Garden, then descend into the dim underground exhibit space. Devoted to ancient and modern sub-Saharan African art, the quiet galleries display wooden masks, beaded textiles, ceramics, fetish dolls and other examples of the region's visual traditions. Intentionally or not, there’s a definite West African focus with lots of traditional art from Nigeria, Benin and Cameroon.
African dance troupes, theater companies and multimedia artists frequently stage shows here. An underground tunnel connects to the Sackler Gallery.