art galleries and museums in haiti
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Art Galleries and Museums in Haiti

November 9, 2016

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.

Contact Information

Address: 55, rue Metellus, Petion-Ville, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509- 3713 0522 | 509-3602-0232

Email: admin@expressionsgaleriedart.com

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.

Contact Information

Address: National Highway No. 1, km 77 , Montrouis, Arcadins Coast, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509-2811-1918

Email: musée.ogier.fombrun@moulinsurmer.com

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.

Contact Information

Address: 50 Rue Gregoire, Petion-Ville, Haiti

Telephone: 509-3709-0222 | 509-3701-6366

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GalerieNader

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.

Contact Information

Address: Avenue Jean Paul II, Port-au-Prince

art galleries and museums in haiti

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.

Contact Information

Address: 19 Avenue Du  Chili, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509-3487-4736 | 509-3427-7797

Email: info@elsaiehgallery.com

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.

Contact Information

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.

Contact Information

Address: 17, Rue Lamarre, Petion Ville, Haiti

Telephone Number:  509-2257-1967 | 509-2257-5424

Email: galeriemarassa@hotmail.com

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.

Contact Information

Address: Avenue de la République, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509-3417-4435

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mupanah/

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.

Contact Information

Address: 19 Rigaud, Pétion-Ville, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509-2257-44 30 | 509-3680-3240 | 509-3446-8464

Email: galeriemonnin@galeriemonnin.com

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.

Contact Information

Address: 2, Magny Avenue and Oswald Durand Avenue Corner Magloire Ambroise, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Telephone Number: 509-2227-5619

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