“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
This museum celebrates Haitian culture while inviting guests to step back in time and learn the history of Haiti.
The museum is fairly new, having opened in 2012. Elsie Hernandez, the co-founder, thought Chicago, with its rich and diverse population, would be the perfect place for a space celebrating the Haitian people. The museum provides a rich history of Haiti and its people using authentic artifacts, paintings, and literature. The exhibits are always changing, and often showcase work of individuals from the area. The Haitian American Museum has a focus on both education and creativity and is constantly striving to engage its patrons with thought-provoking displays.
The museum offers a wide array of educational programs and events to get the community involved and interested in Haiti. Everyone, no matter their background, is invited to participate. For example, Kompa Soiree Celebration is a biannual event that includes traditional food, dancing, and music. The museum has a library and screens films that were made by Haitian filmmakers. They also share artwork created by Haitian artists in Chicago, which is a great way to show off the talents of the local community. Another program is Uptown Speaks, in which groups of people get together and discuss issues impacting the local community.
The museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12 PM - 6 PM and costs $5 to get in.