Black Panther at The High Museum of Art

We recently visited the High Museum of Art on a family outing.  The museum is featured in Marvel’s newest blockbuster movie: The Black Panther.  As a fan of the movie I thought it would be a special treat to visit one of the locations the movie is filmed, as well as take in some cultural art. 

Killmonger staring at the mask, in the High Museum that he soon will don to attack the Black Panther King Tachalla.

In the Black Panther movie, the villain Killmonger visits the High Museum of Art-masked as the Museum of Great Britain.  He’s there to steal back a Wakandan artifact made from Vibranium.  This is the very first scene featuring Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger, and the first of many moments Killmonger has left the audience wanting more. Art that is!

M’Boku is the leader of the Jabari tribe. He is seated on a throne similar to the one found on display at the High Museum.
Currently on display at the High Museum of Art. Very similar to the chair M’baku, leader of Jabari tribe is seated in the movie Black Panther.

Just as the movie suggest, the High Museum offers a great collection of fine art including wonderful pieces by African-Americans. Though you won’t find any of the art featured in the movie Black Panther here, you will find selections from and inspired by Africa.

African and African American Inspired Exhibits at The High Museum of Art

The museum currently has five exhibits that include A Fire That No Water Could Put Out, a collection of photographs that highlight some of the important aspects of the Civil Rights movement.  The exhibit runs through April 29, 2018.

A collection of black and white photos capturing the stories of the Civil Rights Movement.

One of the High’s most recent exhibits, Making Africa presents a vision of 21st century Africa where massive cultural transformation, rapid growth, and globally relevant innovation take place. Get a glimpse of how artists from and within Africa bring about important social, political, and economic change through creative and forward-thinking works of art.


A huge textile made of tin cans on display in the Making Africa exhibit formerly at The High Museum of Art.

The permanent collection of the High includes a section of African Art, which reflects not just the rich history of the continent but also the recent innovations that represent contemporary Africa. Among the art collection are fine textiles, figurative sculptures, masks, ceramics, and metalwork.

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This selection and more are featured in the High’s permanent collection.


The Contemporary Art section features a portrait of Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo by Kehinde Wiley, the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait when he completed the painting of former president Barack Obama. The portrait is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

You don’t expect to find a portrait featuring someone that looks like you in a fine art museum. Kehinde Wiley’s spectacular portraits is the reason why Barack Obama selected him to complete his portrait.


If you have kids, the High offers family events  such as Weekend Family Tours and Toddler Thursdays.  Every second Sunday of each month, the museum offers special family-friendly programming from 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Admission is free for all visitors on Second Sundays.

The High Museum is a great place for kids to discover and explore art!

Planning to visit the High soon? The museum offers family membership.  If you travel with your family as much as I do, check out the reciprocal museum membership that offers musuem benefits across the country. Learn more about the North American Reciprocal Museum or NARM Association here.

For more information on the High Museum and Black Panther check this out:

News: High Museum stars in “Black Panther”

The Museum Heist Scene in ‘Black Panther’ Adds Fuel to the Debate About African Art Restitution


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