Masks of the World

2019 Masks of the World Panel

People have used masks across cultures and throughout human history. They are worn in a variety of contexts including performances, rituals, and religious rites. They allow the wearer to take on a new, and often more powerful, identity. Please enjoy this selection of masks from the Museum’s permanent collection.  You can click on each image below to view a larger photograph.

Download coloring pages featuring a selection of these masks here.
You can also learn about Carnival in Bolivia and make a mask here.