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America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

May 25 - December 30, 2018
Ina B. Bond Gallery on the 4th Floor

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America to Zanzibar is an immersive, interactive exhibit about the diversity of Muslim cultures in our community, our country, and the world. It offers children and families exciting hands-on experiences to explore in the areas of art, architecture, music, design, travel, trade and more!

  • Experience world cultures through design, music, and objects
  • Explore the meaning of home through unique objects, clothing, art and books.
  • Exchange ideas and goods through travel and trade
  • Barter and trade in a global marketplace
  • Uncover the majesty and variety of Muslim architecture
  • Reflect on the meaning of home while looking at treasured personal belongings
  • Enjoy dance, theater and music performances, art and cooking demonstrations and lots of hands-on activities


  • Family Days: Come participate in our Family Days for some weekend fun! They will occur on a monthly basis. Please check our online calendar for dates and activities.
    • Saturday, June 16th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Join us for the second day of Eid with a fun-filled Family Day! Details here.
    • Sunday, July 22nd from 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 19th from 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 30th from 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 20th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 11th from 12 - 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 8th from 11 - 3 p.m.


  • World Cup Viewing Party: Come celebrate the World Cup with your friends and family for a FREE viewing party this summer.
    • Monday, June 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
      • Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia
      • Iran vs. Portugal
    • Saturday, July 7th - Quarterfinals
    • Sunday, July 15th - Championship Match


  • Islamic Film Festival: Free screenings of multiple films that highlight and celebrate Islamic Culture
    • Saturday, July 14th


  • Community Conversations: Join us for a conversation on the role that Islamophobia plays in our society, and its effects on our citizens and our community.
    • Thursday, August 9th from 6 - 9 p.m.

Sponsored Field Trips

Give local students the gift of education! Contact 502.992.5338 to find out how you can sponsor local classrooms!

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far was developed by the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

For Educators

The Ali Center invites all Educators to come to a FREE Teacher Preview Day on Monday, August 6 from 3:00PM to 6:30PM.

More information here.

Professional Development:
In conjunction with our new temporary exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Farthe Muhammad Ali Center will host teacher professional development sessions. Contact 502.992.5312 for details.

  • Monday, August 27th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
    JCPS Credit Offered

Curriculum-Based Field Trips

90-minute theme-based tours that include a hands-on workshop for groups ranging from Pre-K through High School. 

To book your field trip, contact 502.992.5340 or 

  • Pre-K-K -- You, Me, We: Discover the building blocks of what makes a community as you travel the world. 
  • 1st-3rd -- Amazing Mathematics: Explore the relationship between culture and design through mathematical principles. 
  • 3rd-5th -- A is for Architecture: Discover the mathematics behind the unique design elements in Muslim architecture. 
  • 6th-8th -- Air, Land and Sea: Explore the relationship between trade and the sharing of culture and art
  • HS -- World Religions: Discover the diverse cultural groups & religions throughout the world, and the challenges that unite and divide them. 

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Field Trip Partnership with KMAC

We're partnering with the KMAC Museum for a special field trip. These curriculum-based field trips will include art-making components. Contact 502.992.5340 to book. 

Colorful Rugs: Fabric collage

KMAC Fabric

Sculpting in Symbols: Ceramic plates

Dazzling Vessels: Metal embossing 

KMAC Emboss