By visiting this page, you have already begun your #MuseumWithoutWalls journey.
Bringing the Museum experience to you is part of our mission to connect cultures and promote understanding between peoples — a mission that is as important now as it has ever been. We thank you for participating, and we can’t wait to welcome you when our doors reopen.
Sanctuary Tour with Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon treated #MuseumWithoutWalls visitors to a behind-the-scenes peek at the upcoming exhibition Sanctuary.
For the exhibition, 36 leading contemporary artists, including Mona Hatoum, Brendan Fernandes, and Ai Weiwei, each fashioned a design inspired by the theme of sanctuary. Then, artisans in Lahore, Pakistan, rendered the images into wool rugs using traditional weaving techniques.
During his real-time walk-through on Instagram Live, Chagnon delved into ideas expressed in the artists’ creations and how they relate to the world in which we live. He also delved into the hidden meanings behind the exhibition's innovative gallery design, developed in collaboration with MIT-based scholar, artist, and activist Dr. Azra Akšamija.
Collections Gallery 3-D tour
Take a 3-D tour of the Aga Khan Museum’s Collections Gallery. At any given time, about 200 objects from the more than 1,000 in our Museum Collection are on display in the gallery, located on the first floor of the building. Showcasing manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, glass, and textiles, the Collections Gallery provides an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world history and heritage.
Museum Collection Rotation: Blue
Explore the many shades of the colour blue and its journey across the map through paintings and objects on display in our Museum Collection. Blue signifies the cross-cultural exchange of the three main sources of blue used in Islamic Art — Lapis Lazuli, Cobalt, and Indigo.
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Mixtape
The exhibition Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From was the inspiration for this #MuseumWithoutWalls Spotify Mixtape assembled by our Performing Team. Like Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, the playlist spotlights artists from around the world. Many are immigrants or the children of immigrants, and they all draw inspiration and identity from multiple cultural backgrounds. When you listen, you’ll hear diverse musical flavours and traditions in sonic dialogue with each other — a layered intercultural call and response encapsulated in every song.
Be a History Detective activity sheet
Help solve a mystery! Study the vibrant colours and patterns on two painted tiles from 17th-century Iran, then complete the picture by drawing what you think the rest of the scene looks like. Download our Be a History Detective activity sheet (PDF) here.
Pocket Performance: Carmen Romero and Bageshree Vaze
Every Wednesday, we host free Pop-Up Performances featuring local artists and a diverse tapestry of sounds from around the world.
With the Museum’s doors temporarily closed, we are transporting the experience online with weekly Pocket Performances for you to enjoy.
This week, surrender to the rhythms of this performance of flamenco and Kathak dance by award-winning artists Carmen Romero and Bageshree Vaze — filmed live at the Museum in 2019.
Our #MuseumWithoutWalls Pocket Performances are presented by TD Bank Group.