The art galleries and museums in Haiti display the exciting culture of a country that is influenced by African, European and American experiences. Haitian art consists of sculptures, paintings and flag-making and is an important part of the culture and history of Haiti and the Caribbean. Because Haitian art is a unique opportunity to be immersed in the country’s history a visit to the premier art galleries and museums in Haiti is a fun addition to your travel itinerary.
Here’s our list of ten must-visit art galleries and museums in Haiti.
1. Expressions Galerie D’Art
Expressions Art Gallery is a popular Haitian art gallery that has been in existence since 1994. The collection at the gallery consists of original paintings from Haitian artists living in Haiti and outside of Haiti. Located in Petion-Ville, the gallery is celebration of the talent of over one hundred Haitian artists. In addition to displaying and selling artwork, the gallery hosts exhibits and appraises paintings.
Address: 55, rue Metellus, Petion-Ville, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509- 3713 0522 | 509-3602-0232
2. Musee Ogier – Forbrun (Ogier- Fombrun Museum)
The highlight of the Ogier-Fobrum Museum lies in the history of the property. It was a sugar cane plantation which holds interesting tidbits of Haiti’s history. The museum has three exhibition spaces which are dedicated to the history of Haiti, colonial artifacts and the remains of the sugar can factory. The guided tours of the museum and property divulge the little know story’s of slavery in Haiti and the country’s struggle for freedom.
Address: National Highway No. 1, km 77 , Montrouis, Arcadins Coast, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-2811-1918
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
3. Galerie D’Art Nader Haiti
Galerie Nader is a fine art gallery that was opened by Georges S. Nader in 1966. Renowned as a treasure trove of Haitian artwork, the Galerie Nader is a popular and well loved gallery. Although the 2010 earthquake destroyed some of the gallery’s paintings, its owners have still been able to maintain a collection of well maintained pieces. This family owned gallery is believed to have one of the largest collections of Haitian art in the world.
Address: 50 Rue Gregoire, Petion-Ville, Haiti
Telephone: 509-3709-0222 | 509-3701-6366
4. National Museum of Art
Located in the Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, the National Museum of Haiti is home to aged artifacts from the Arawak and Taino Indians and Haiti’s emperors. The museum, which was completed in 1983, also displays murals which show the treatment of the Indians and Africans by the Spaniards and the French respectively.
Address: Avenue Jean Paul II, Port-au-Prince
5. El-Saieh Gallery
The El-Saieh gallery was founded in 1950 by the late Issah El-Saieh, a well known orchestra leader and cultural practitioner. The private gallery has a large, authentic collection of Haitian art that is available for sale at affordable prices. El Saieh is known as the home of native art and sculpture and features works by Andre Pierre, Scaha Tebo and Guyobo.
Address: 19 Avenue Du Chili, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-3487-4736 | 509-3427-7797
6. Musee De Guahaba
Musee de Guahaba, is a small historical museum that was founded by William H. Hodges, MD. It is one of the philanthropic projects by Hopital Bon Samaritain. It is one the museums in Haiti that tells the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence as well as the events that have punctuated the country’s history since that time. The museum also provides information on the indigenous Arawak and Taino tribes.
Address: Limbe, Haiti
7. Galerie Marassa
Galerie Marassa was established in 1977 as a gallery with a difference. Michele Gardere Frisch, founder and owner of the gallery is committed to promoting Haitian artistes so that they can be recognised internationally. The gallery has organised several art exhibitions in Haiti and around the world and has organised fundraisers for social and cultural projects.
Address: 17, Rue Lamarre, Petion Ville, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-2257-1967 | 509-2257-5424
8. Musee du Pantheon National Haitien
More commonly known by its acronym MUPANAH, the Musee du Pantheon National Hatien has a valuable collection of historic artifacts. The museum was opened in 1983 with a mission to conserve Haiti’s history and celebrate its national culture. The building that houses MUPANAH is an underground structure and is located in the heart of Port-au-Prince.
Address: Avenue de la République, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-3417-4435
9. Galerie Monnin
The Galerie Monnin was inaugurated by a Swiss couple Mr. & Mrs. Monnin in 1947. They were instrumental in the development of young, local artists who were willing to explore their artistic capabilities. The School of the Monnin Gallery was the catalyst that allowed painters such as Camy Rocher and St. Jean Senatus. To date, the gallery is still run by the Monnin family.
Address: 19 Rigaud, Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-2257-44 30 | 509-3680-3240 | 509-3446-8464
10. Musée du Bureau d’Ethnologie
The National Bureau of Ethnology (Musee du Bureau d’Ethnologie) has been described as a quiet and informative museum that provides insights into the Haiti’s native, Taino and African history. It is attached to a higher learning institute and library which house precious archives. Throughout the year, this famous museum in Port-au-Prince hosts thematic exhibitions.
Address: 2, Magny Avenue and Oswald Durand Avenue Corner Magloire Ambroise, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telephone Number: 509-2227-5619
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