The Cultural Art Galleries of Epcot's World Showcase

Epcot was born of a desire to bring together people and cultures from across the globe. Conceived as an experimental community where differences would be celebrated, as people lived and worked together and learned that we are really all the same. While many people today simply make their way around World Showcase for the food and wine, those who delve deeper into the pavilions will discover a series of small galleries continue to celebrate the diverse cultural arts and crafts unique to each region.


The Cultural Art Galleries of Epcot's World ShowcaseThe Cultural Art Galleries of Epcot's World Showcase


Mexico: Mexican Folk Art Gallery

Walk into the pyramid in Mexico and you will be greeted with the colorful artistic heritage of a vibrant people. 'Remember Me!' La Celebracion del Dia de Muertos explores the traditions of honoring the ancestors during two day celebration throughout Mexico.


Colorfull Folk Art Fills The Gallery SpaceColorfull Folk Art Fills The Gallery Space


America: American Heritage Gallery

American Indian art from a diverse set of tribes is showcased in this brand new exhibit 'Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art' in the American Adventure. Explore historical native arts and see how they have inspired a modern generation of artists.


Heritage doll by Joyce and Juanita Growing ThunderHeritage doll by Joyce and Juanita Growing Thunder


Japan: Bijutsu-kan Gallery

'Kawaii: Japan's Cute Culture' currently makes its home in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery. Kawaii means cute, loveable, or adorable, and the items on display certainly reflect all those things.


Sebastian Masuda's Melty-Go-RoundSebastian Masuda's Melty-Go-Round


Morocco: Gallery of Arts and History

The stunning exhibit 'Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment' explores decorative arts as a visual representation of cultural identity. Learn how make-up, jewelry, and clothing can be symbols of independence.


Outside of galleryOutside of gallery


Norway: Stave Church Gallery

The charming Stave Church Gallery in Norway could easily be considered a work of art all on its own. Over the years the small space has been home to several exhibits. The current display is titled 'Gods of the Vikings' and allows Guests to explore how the Vikings' beliefs impacted their daily life.


Gods Of The VikingsGods Of The Vikings


China

Our final country that has a gallery space, though no exhibits are currently listed on the Walt Disney World website. In the past the space has been home to Epcot's 'Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China' and more recently an exhibit on the building of Shanghai Disneyland.

Are you a fan of the cultural art exhibits around World Showcase? If you could suggest just one that could not be missed, which would it be? Leave your answer in the comments below!

wdwizbest wrote on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:12:

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I like these types of exhibits, but then I'm a museum nerd. I really miss the educational and informative approach to subjects of the original future world.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 08/06/2018 - 01:55:

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Me too Wiz. But then, I am also a museum nerd, and a history geek. It's very sad to me that Epcot has lost a lot of that over the years.

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