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music and culture at the cape verde museum

Welcome! The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the history and culture of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean Americans. The museum will reopen on Saturday, March 2, 2019 12pm to 4pm! Please see our Newsletter for more information.

immigration documents at the cvmeOur Collection: We have a unique set of artifacts, photographs, maps and crafts donated from all over the world. There are exhibits on music and the arts, slavery, whaling, the immigration packets, the cranberry bogs, the longshoremen and Cape Verdean Independence among other topics. We also have an extensive library of books and films available for browsing and academic research. More...

Latest News: To learn about museum events, new donations or projects that the museum is working on, please be sure to read our Newsletter.

Donations: We depend on your support. Financial contributions and historical donations are always welcome! Click here to find out more.

Our Visitors: The museum has been honored with visits from many Cape Verdean government officials including President Pedro Verona Pires, First Lady Adelcia Pires, Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves and Cape Verde’s Ambassador to the United States Fatima Veiga.

Take a peek inside the museum

Daniel Lima and George Gomes at the cv museumSince our opening, we have had over 2000 visitors from twenty-seven states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and twenty foreign countries. The Education Committee has conducted tours for state agencies as well as family, cultural, school and youth groups. Guests, both Cape Verdean and others interested in the Cape Verdean experience, have expressed both delight and appreciation for what they have discovered here. It is not unusual to have a visitor locate themselves or a family member in one of our photographs, or to have someone point to an artifact and reminisce on a similar object found in their grandparents’ home.

Some of the groups who have visited the museum include Rhode Island College Cape Verdean Students Organization, The Metropolitan “Met” School of Providence, Norwich, Connecticut High School Cape Verdean Club, Johnson & Wales University Cape Verdean Cultural Day Committee, Rhode Island College Institute For the Studies of Portuguese and the Lusophone World, the ACE Program of Cranston, and the Echo Museum Project, Cape Verdean participants of MOSTRA. (Photograph above by Freida Squires, Providence Journal, March, 2006)

URI - Cape Verdean Student Association

URI - Cape Verdean Student Association

Museum T-Shirts now on sale for $20.00 each or buy 2 for $35.00.

Cape Verde Museum T Shirts

"It is the inalienable right of every people to have their own history."

-Amilcar Cabral

Cape Verde Museum T Shirts

"Culture is simultaneously the fruit of a people's history and a determinant of history."

-Amilcar Cabral

Purchase a T-shirt during your next visit. We also have hand crafted jewelry and artwork representing artist from Cape Verde in our gift shop!