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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Musical Instruments ➔ Rattle

This rattle is carved with a design showing a tropical rainforest of Jamaica.  

Rattles are one of the oldest percussion instruments in the world and are often made from hollowed-out gourds with beads, stones, or animal teeth, shaken inside. Originally from Congo, West Africa, these rhythmic rockers now play a major role in many Jamaican cultural celebrations. Rattles provide the background beat to singing and are commonly used during funerals to ensure a loved one’s safe departure. 

Current Location Status:
Education Program

Science Tuesday: Science of Sound (January 2017)
Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.

Discovery Kit: Music (October 14 2019)

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Music (April 2020)
Music is one of the first elements of culture that comes to mind. Music is found in all civilizations and has been for thousands of years. Use this collection to investigate a variety of musical instruments from around the world.