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“Wowers!”

Boca Raton Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 81 things to do in Boca Raton
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Owner description: The Boca Museum of Art celebrates, presents, interprets, collects, preserves, encourages, and inspires creativity. Open free on the first Sunday of each month.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Wowers!”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Simply marvelous, loved seeing all the diverse pieces of work and spent a laid back day admiring and soaking in all the fabulous artists.

Visited May 2014
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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“Staff is a bunch of snobs”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

unimportant rederick filled exhibit with too many plaques about unimportant uninteresting people that is way over priced to view anyways, truly a waste of space.

Visited March 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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1,394 reviews
366 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 825 helpful votes
“DELIGHTFUL ART MELANGE”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

I came for the unusual rugs on exhibit -- "Afghan rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia." There are over 40 rugs, of tightly woven wool, with motifs that depart radically from traditional designs. There are rugs depicting cityscapes of faraway, foreign cities. And rugs that are essentially woven world maps. I saw portrait rugs. But the many rugs that held my eye were the so-called "war rugs." This genre in the weaving had its genesis with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and has continued through the American military involvement. These tapestries depict battle tanks, jet fighters, missile launchers, and Kalashnikov rifles, among other weapons. Such scenes are a stark reminder of how war is so interwoven into the recent Afghan culture. This exhibition will be at the museum until July 27th.

I also enjoyed the pre-Columbian exhibits, which are part of the permanent collection. There are earthenware vessels and figurines, both utilitarian and ritual, from South American, Central American, and Mesoamerican cultures. The Mayan pieces span a time range from pre-Classic to post-Classic, and include many polychrome works.

There are exhibits from all over sub-Sahara Africa: carved wooden face masks, some with elaborate decorations, and intricately carved wooden figurines. They are part of the permanent collection.

I was awed by the glass sculptures on display. This exhibition is small in numbers, but the works are elegant, colorful, and intricate.

There is no café in the museum, but there are some fine restaurants within a couple of blocks in Mizner Park.

Visited May 2014
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jaxfl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“a little over priced”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

The art was average, a few excellent period pieces and only a couple of oh wow look at that pieces of modern art. I've seen better at my city's local art walk.

Visited April 2014
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Too little art, too many donor plaques, pieces you really don't care about.”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

I felt that the exhibit was poorly planned, lacking focus and direction. It contained many uninteresting and unimportant pieces and seemed to be a jumble of odd pieces, like a museum based thrift shop. There were so many donor plaques that it was distracting. This museum was not worth the time or the money. I use the Norton Museum as a comparison. The Norton has a very interesting permanent collection, has well planned seasonal exhibits, and is a much nicer space. If you are looking for art, go to the Norton in West Palm Beach.

Visited March 2014
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