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Beads Museum in Detroit – Window to African Culture and Arts

As soon as I settled in Detroit Hostel, I asked a staff on how to get to the Beads Museum. To my surprise, he didn’t know! He said, I was the first one who asked about such place which he never ever heard before. So, I showed him the address and he still couldn’t figure out which part of the city the museum is located. Google, as usual, never failed me.

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Located in the city’s African Town, the museum doesn’t have flashy designs of European galleries nor the pretentious facade of soulless modern architecture.

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All things African can be learned, seen and touched at the Beads Museum in Detroit. 

Beads Museum in Detroit

The Beads Museum is  housed in a humble building that could be mistaken as an abandoned house if you don’t walk further around it.

African Beads Museum in Detroit

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

It is your window to African culture and arts.

African Beads Museum in Detroit Michigan

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

In Africa, beads are used as a status symbol, in rites of passage, weddings and identification.

African Beads Museum in Detroit

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

In these jars are treasures of beads dating back 400 years ago. No kidding!  

African Beads Museum in Detroit

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

These broken pieces of mirrors on the facade are hand glued there to ward off evil spirits.

African Beads Museum

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

It is richly bathed in vibrant colors from roof to ground and catches every passersby’s attention.

African Beads Museum

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

It’s one of those things that are hard to ignore, that deserve a second chance, a second look. 

African Beads Museum in Detroit

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

You have to stop, see it and immerse in it.

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African Beads Museum in Detroit.

The Beads Museum is founded by Olayame Dabls.

African Arts and Crafts in Detroit

African Beads Museum in Detroit.

Obviously, as his last name suggests, he dabbles in African textiles, crafts, pottery, beads, sculpture and metal stuff.

African Beads Museum in Detroit

Outside the museum is a wide expanse of a vacant lot turned into an outdoor sculpture garden.

African Beads Detroit Museum

The green lot is a visual feast of sculptures without a tinge of luxury.

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Scrap metals, irons and plastics are rescued off from burned and abandoned houses in the area.

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They were assembled together to create a glittering art that speaks volumes of the culture that help influence the Motor City.

African Beads Detroit Museum

Useless objects find useful in Mr. Dabls’s backyard. 

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This car gets its second life—steady but alive! 

Detroit Museum of Beads

If these pieces of furniture could talk, they would surely tell interesting stories you’d love to hear! 

Museum of Beads in Detroit

These slabs of wood look good when they’re coated in colors and find balance in their individuality. 

Museum of Beads in Detroit

These scrap materials are messy and forsaken but together, they look united to create something we have never seen before. 

African Museum of Beads Detroit

These old, rusted weighing scales, chains and hooks blend in harmony. 

African Museum of Beads in Detroit

These empty tin cans, unused red bricks, and board panels—all look amalgamated but respect their separate boundaries.  

African Museum of Beads

Rock, paper and scissors? Nope. Let me guess—stone, chairs and heads? 

African Museum of Beads in Detroit

The African Beads Museum is at 6559 Grand River Ave and East Grand Boulevard. 

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5 Responses to “Beads Museum in Detroit – Window to African Culture and Arts”

  1. Farah
    September 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM #

    Wow! Those are amazing arts from trash!

  2. Dwe
    September 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM #

    I’m from Detroit and I dont even know abt this. Shame. LOL…

  3. James
    September 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    This entry only shows that there’s an abundance of trash in Detroit. 🙂

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