Museum of Primitive Art


The Museum of Primitive Art, is a now a closed museum devoted to the arts of the indigenous cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas as well as the early civilizations of Europe and Asia. It was founded in 1954 by Nelson Rockefeller, who donated his own collection of Tribal art. The museum opened to the public in 1957 in a townhouse on West 54th Street in New York City. Robert Goldwater (1907-1973) was the museum’s first director. The The Museum of Primitive Art closed in 1976, and its collections were transferred to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.