African Art Galleries


The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to one of the earliest and most important collections of African art in an American art museum. African art has played a prominent role at the BMA for sixty years. In 2015, the Museum will reinstall this outstanding collection in renovated and expanded galleries dedicated solely to the arts of Africa.

These new galleries for African art will triple the space for the BMA�s celebrated collection, comprised of more than 2,000 objects whose origins range from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe. The new presentation will include changing and thematic displays that encourage visitors to appreciate the complexity and diversity of African art and cultures.

Female Mask (Ngaady Mwaash)

Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Female Mask (Ngaady Mwaash). Late 19th�early 20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art:
Gift of Alan Wurtzburger, BMA 1954.145.77

“I’m excited that this reinstallation will give one of America’s best African art collections the space and prominence it deserves. The BMA African collection has so many excellent pieces, and the new gallery will allow us to offer new ways to interact with old friends and introduce visitors to new favorites.”

Kathryn Gunsch, 
Associate Curator for
African Art

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Support the African

Contact Judy Gibbs at 443-573-1796 or to discuss a Campaign gift in support of the reinstallation of the African collection.