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Mbad African Bead Museum

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Mbad African Bead Musueum is a major repository for African artifacts- including sculptures, textiles, pottery, and bead works dating back hundreds of years, from countless cultures throughout Africa.

We also carry the finest selection of beads for sale.

We offer guided tours (by reservation) and have 3 outside Public Art installations:
- Iron Teaching Rocks How To Rust
- The N'Kisi Iron House
- African Language Wall

At MBAD African Bead Museum- our mission is to build and organize collections of beads, beadworks, textiles, sculptures and other cultural relics which exemplify the vastness of the African people's material culture. With this focus, the museum is committed to presenting exhibitions, publications, and public programming, as well as serve as a resource center.

Olayami Dabls--esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian, has

lectured extensively on African Material Culture to international

audiences for over 30 years.

MBAD African Bead Museum, founded in 1985 by S. Jill Miller and Olayami Dabls, was incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1996 by Dabls, Sonja Lockhart, Chris Woodard, Frank Coston, Efe Bes and Larry Mitchell. In 1998, thanks to the generous heart of Mrs. Ardie Reddick, the now-home of the MBAD Bead Museum was humbly donated-- a 17,500 sq. ft. building for Dabls to house his museum and exquisite artifacts.

So, help support African Culture by contributing to our campaign.

We look forward to seeing you!

Welcome to MBAD'S African Bead Museum.
6559 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 898-3007

Bead Gallery Hours: 12pm to 7pm Mon-Sat.


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  • Ayanna Toure
  • 313-286-9010
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