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Past Exhibit: Beyond Bollywood

Bollywood Dancers from Arpana Dance Company, Irvine, CA, June 2010. Photograph by John Merrell.


This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95

Seniors (62 +): $7.95

Children (3-12): $6.95

Infants 2 and under: FREE

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Share Your Stories

Museum staff would love to add local stories and objects to this exhibition experience. Contact JoAnn Zeise, Curator of History, by phone at 803.898.4942 or by email

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation


From the builders of some of America’s earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation explores the Indian American experience and the community’s vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history. The exhibition moves past pop-culture stereotypes of Indian Americans to explore the heritage, daily experience, and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Weaving together stories of individual achievement and collective struggle, Beyond Bollywood uses photography, narrative, multimedia, and interactive stations to tell a uniquely American story, while conveying the texture, vibrancy, and vitality of Indian American communities.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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Related Upcoming Events

Second Shift Tuesday – Holistic Healing
Tues, June 13 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Hima Dalal from Vital Energy will discuss traditional Indian methods of holistic healing. Hima Dalal is a board certified, licensed occupational therapist, energy medicine practitioner with over 30 years of experience.

Second Shift Tuesday – Film Screening: My Big Bollywood Wedding
Tues, June 20 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Indian weddings are famously colorful, lavish and dramatic, sparing no expense in their effort to delight and dazzle. This is your invitation to several of these spectacular events right here in the United States. Join us for a preview screening of the Smithsonian Channel Special, My Big Bollywood Wedding. We’ll also have a quick visit to the Beyond Bollywood exhibit gallery to view featured displays of traditional wedding clothing.

Second Shift Tuesday – City Yoga Class
Tues, June 27 from 7 – 8 p.m.

City Yoga, the oldest Yoga studio in Columbia, will lead a yoga class in the gallery at the museum. Join us for this unique yoga experience to celebrate the Beyond Bollywood exhibit.