Museum of the Palestinian People

Museum of the Palestinian People We share the rich history, vibrant arts & culture, and spirit of the Palestinian people. Discover wh
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The Palestinian people hail from an ancient land with over 4,000 years of history. Empires have come and gone, only to make Palestinian culture richer and more colorful. The Museum of the Palestinian People is the first museum in Washington D.C. devoted to exploring and celebrating Palestinian history, arts and culture. It started in 2015 as a traveling exhibit, visiting over 50 locations across t

he country, and has now found a home in the heart of the nation’s capital. By sharing the stories of the Palestinian people with those who walk through our doors, we invite the world to discover what unites us all. The museum:

Shares Palestinian stories through historic artifacts, personal narratives and artistic expression to transcend separation, fragmentation, and boundaries. Connects Palestinians in the US, Palestine and the diaspora with each other to evoke pride and dignity and to impart this to future generations. Partners with other institutions and connect with broader audiences committed to our shared humanity.

See "Angel of Gaza," a short film by our former curator Ahmed Mansour, playing in Silver Spring, Maryland on Monday even...
11/24/2023

See "Angel of Gaza," a short film by our former curator Ahmed Mansour, playing in Silver Spring, Maryland on Monday evening. Get your tickets here!

If we cared enough, childrens' stories might stop war. This Gaza Ambassador will speak for them & make us count the cost of turning away!

The museum will be closed on Friday, November 24 and open for regular visiting hours and tours on Saturday, November 25....
11/20/2023

The museum will be closed on Friday, November 24 and open for regular visiting hours and tours on Saturday, November 25. Looking forward to seeing you at the museum soon.

Please join the MPP community outside the museum on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a vigil in remembrance of Palestinians kil...
11/07/2023

Please join the MPP community outside the museum on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a vigil in remembrance of Palestinians killed during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza over the last month.

You are invited to bring flowers, stones, photos, letters, or other small items to create a community memorial outside the museum. Please do not bring candles—the museum will provide some.

See you there.

10/22/2023

Hala is the older sister of Malak Al-Absy, one of the young Palestinian artists featured in our Dreams Rising exhibition last year which included art created by Palestinian children and youth in Gaza. Here is her message: 15 days into the Israeli military's nonstop bombardment of Gaza and the manmade humanitarian crisis depriving Palestinians in Gaza from food, water, electricity, fuel, and medicine.

Hala also said, “Imagine cheering up when finding a small drinking water bottle after days of boiling water to purify it, imagine finding food supplies and cooking gas to have a hot meal instead of canned food, imagine a world where we are all equal in being humans and living in peace without the necessity of saying goodbye to people, places, memories and our very basic rights to live.”

Sending love and strength to Hala, the Al-Absi family, and all Palestinians in Gaza ❤️🇵🇸

"On Thursday at the Museum of the Palestinian People, a two-room gallery near Dupont Circle in D.C., the museum’s founde...
10/14/2023

"On Thursday at the Museum of the Palestinian People, a two-room gallery near Dupont Circle in D.C., the museum’s founder and president, Bshara Nassar, pointed to photographs, paintings, pottery and glassware that he said helped tell a humanizing story of Palestinians and their culture. Nassar grew up on a farm in Bethlehem in the West Bank where his family grows grapes, olives, almonds and figs."

“We want solutions that guarantee peace and security for us and the Israelis and at the same time equal rights and freedom for Palestinians,” Nassar said.

For many Palestinians and Palestinian Americans, the days following the horrific assault by Hamas militants on Israel last weekend have been filled with worry.

See you this weekend at the museum ❤️‍🩹Donate to Anera at anera.org.
10/11/2023

See you this weekend at the museum ❤️‍🩹

Donate to Anera at anera.org.

Thank you for celebrating the opening weekend of "Huna Al Quds" with us! This special exhibition featuring Palestinian a...
10/04/2023

Thank you for celebrating the opening weekend of "Huna Al Quds" with us! This special exhibition featuring Palestinian art and culture during the British mandate in the early 20th century will be on view at Museum of the Palestinian People through March 2024.

Today marks 23 years since Israeli forces shot and killed 12-year-old Mohammad Al-Durrah as he crouched behind his fathe...
09/30/2023

Today marks 23 years since Israeli forces shot and killed 12-year-old Mohammad Al-Durrah as he crouched behind his father in Gaza during the Second Intifada. Mohammad's killing was captured on film by Palestinian journalist Talal Abu Rahma filming for France 2. Moments after this, Israeli forces shot both Mohammad and his father, Jamal, who was injured.

Museum of the Palestinian People has preserved a stone from the scene of Mohammad's killing, currently on view as part of our permanent collection. Tom Getman witnessed Israeli forces destroying evidence at the scene the following day, and collected this piece of the destroyed barrel that Mohammad and his father were hiding behind.

Missed out on the opening night celebration of our new exhibition, "Huna Al Quds"? Join a special tour with curator Rula...
09/30/2023

Missed out on the opening night celebration of our new exhibition, "Huna Al Quds"? Join a special tour with curator Rula Dughman today at 1 p.m.!

Join Huna Al Quds curator Rula Dughman for an intimate tour of MPP's new exhibition.

"Huna Al Quds" opens tomorrow at Museum of the Palestinian People! Book your ticket now so you don't miss out on opening...
09/28/2023

"Huna Al Quds" opens tomorrow at Museum of the Palestinian People! Book your ticket now so you don't miss out on opening night festivities—a curatorial tour, open house, and outdoor reception generously catered by Falafel Inc!

About the exhibition's featured image: This depiction of Jerusalem’s Old City was once printed and sold as a postcard. Found along with its original printing cliché among the Modern Press (Lawrence Press) collection, it was reprinted and presented in the Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun exhibition at The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine.

Be the first to see MPP's new exhibition, Huna Al Quds, on opening night.

Museum of the Palestinian People's next special exhibition, "Huna Al Quds: Palestinian art and culture in Jerusalem duri...
09/19/2023

Museum of the Palestinian People's next special exhibition, "Huna Al Quds: Palestinian art and culture in Jerusalem during the early 20th century" opens on Friday, September 29!

This exhibition presents an overview of cultural and artistic life in Jerusalem during the British mandate. "Huna Al Quds" invites visitors on a captivating journey through art and emotions to understand and explore the rich heritage and life of Jerusalemites and Jerusalem before Al-Nakba in 1948 through a diverse collection of paintings, photos, and more.

Curator Rula Dughman will lead a ticketed curatorial tour of the new exhibition at 6 p.m. on September 29. From 7 - 8 p.m., the museum will be open to visitors with reserved tickets. Book your tickets here: https://ow.ly/QL3T50PNsWv

"We are Palestinian" storytime with celebrated Palestinian-American author Reem Kassis is happening next Saturday, Septe...
09/18/2023

"We are Palestinian" storytime with celebrated Palestinian-American author Reem Kassis is happening next Saturday, September 23! Purchase an adult ticket and kids attend for free. We can't wait to see you there!

Palestinian author Reem Kassis will read from and discuss her new children's book, "We are Palestinian," on September 23.

Award-winning author Reem Kassis is coming to Washington, D.C.! Join us for a celebration of her new children's book, "W...
09/14/2023

Award-winning author Reem Kassis is coming to Washington, D.C.! Join us for a celebration of her new children's book, "We are Palestinian: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition," at 2 p.m. on September 23.

Children and families are welcome at this event, which will include an interactive reading of "We are Palestinian" followed by a discussion and light refreshments.

📆 Saturday, September 23
🕑 2 p.m.
📍 1319 18th St. NW, Washington DC
🤝 Co-sponsored by Qatar America Institute for Culture and Middle East Books & More
🎟️ Get your tickets here: https://ow.ly/10sy50PLJz4

Celebrated Palestinian poet Zeina Azzam will be reading from her new poetry collection, "Some Things Never Leave You," a...
09/12/2023

Celebrated Palestinian poet Zeina Azzam will be reading from her new poetry collection, "Some Things Never Leave You," at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Museum of the Palestinian People! Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Tickets are going fast—book yours today! https://ow.ly/eo6J50PKHVQ

Join us on 9/16 for a reading, discussion, and book signing in celebration of Zeina Azzam's new poetry collection, "Some...
09/08/2023

Join us on 9/16 for a reading, discussion, and book signing in celebration of Zeina Azzam's new poetry collection, "Some Things Never Leave You." Copies of the book will be available for purchase!

Join us for a reading and book signing in celebration of Zeina Azzam's new poetry book, "Some Things Never Leave You."

Museum of the Palestinian People's Annual Gala is November 3! We hope to see you there 🎉We're so honored to welcome Dari...
09/07/2023

Museum of the Palestinian People's Annual Gala is November 3! We hope to see you there 🎉

We're so honored to welcome Darin J. Sallam, director of "Farha" as our keynote speaker! Darin's masterful storytelling centers the Nakba in "Farha" and brings the Palestinian narrative to a present-day audience. It is an honor to host Darin in D.C.

Featured speakers Marcelle G. Afram of Shababi and Danny Dubbaneh of Z&Z are no strangers to Palestinian food lovers in the Washington, D.C. area. Marcelle and Danny have lifted up Palestinian cuisine in Washington, D.C. and reclaimed Palestinian culinary cultural heritage. We are thrilled to celebrate their contributions to the D.C. food scene at our gala.

Grab your tickets and learn more about sponsorship here: https://ow.ly/QXLu50PIZFO

Join us tonight for Dupont Circle's First Friday ArtWalk! Museum of the Palestinian People and many of our museum and ar...
09/01/2023

Join us tonight for Dupont Circle's First Friday ArtWalk! Museum of the Palestinian People and many of our museum and art gallery neighbors in the Dupont Circle neighborhood are offering free admission from 6 -8 p.m. tonight.

Our Palestinian embroidery exhibition, TATREEZ INHERITANCE, closes later this month, so make sure you check it out soon!

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1900 18th Street NW
Washington D.C., DC
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Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 6pm

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(202) 290-3684

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