The Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum


The museum was first established in Alton, Illinois in 1967 by Katherine Dunham and her late husband, John Pratt.  In 1977, Miss Dunham moved her collection of African, West African, and South American art to East St. Louis, to the two-story English Regency Townhouse formerly owned by Judge Maurice Joyce.

The collection consists of furniture, paintings, musical instruments, costumes, decorations, photographs, sketches, a broad range of ethnic art objects, and a cross-section of personal belongings documenting the life of the museum founder.



This landmark building appears on the Illinois Historic Register, and is located within the Pennsylvania Avenue Historic Dirstrict registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Scott Lokitz, Photographer


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