Oman gifts African art museum $1.8 million

Hunaina Sultan Ahmed al-Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the U.S. (C) gifts the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art $1.8 million. (Photo courtesy: The museum’s website)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington is receiving a $1.8 million gift from Oman, the largest donation in the museum’s history.

The gift announced Wednesday will fund a series of programs called “Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa.” It will focus on Omani arts and culture and the links between cultures in East and North Africa and the Middle East.

Oman is a country of 4 million on the southwest coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole says the gift is a significant milestone for the museum, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41