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America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

Saturday, February 3 – Sunday, May 13, 2018

Travel the world in a single museum visit!

Enjoy hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries. Children and families can:

  • Play shop keeper in an international marketplace, selling goods like rugs, fish, ceramics and fabrics
  • Marvel at and explore the variety of Muslim architectural designs, colors and patterns, and design your own building
  • Compose your own music with sounds from instruments used in many Muslim communities
  • Learn how to write your name in 21 languages
  • Pretend to explore trade routes, load and unload a boat, ride a camel or drive a fancy Pakistani truck
  • Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of a central courtyard featuring an interactive water foundation
  • Play a game of Guess What with authentic artifacts

Families can also compose music using an app featuring the rebana, tabla, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak, listen to stories and view objects shared by America Muslim families and even learn how to write and say “My name is …” in 21 languages.

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far was developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM).

Major support has been provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, MetLife Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services – a federal agency, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Open Society Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan Board of Directors and scores of individuals. Additional support provided by the El-Hibri Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Goldman Sachs, National Endowment for the Arts, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust.

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