The galleries will explore key aspects of South Asian culture, history, and present-day life. Exhibits and related programs will be designed for people of all ages and backgrounds, with works of art and craft, interactive technology, and hands-on activities that engage South Asia’s contributions to civilization.
Visitors will have an opportunity to engage many forms of cultural expression, ranging from objects of everyday life to sculptures and paintings made for wealthy patrons, from music and literature to religious practices and philosophical concepts. In addition to works of art representing different regions, styles, mediums, and historical periods, galleries will explore cultural traditions involving food, clothing, dance, games, storytelling, photography, and film, to name a few. Interactive exhibits will introduce visitors to concepts and practices that are uniquely South Asian, such as karma and yoga. Other galleries will tell the story of South Asia's global connections from the beginning of documented history, highlighting trade, pilgrimage, migration, and travel. Additional exhibits will feature South Asians who have made a global impact and westerners who were inspired by their ideas. Mohandas Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein, and Martin Luther King, Jr., will be some of the people whose lives and ideas will be explored.