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American Heritage Gallery at Epcot

The American Heritage Gallery is located in the American Pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot. The gallery is similar to a museum where you walk through and look at the different displays.

The current exhibit is called “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure”

You can read more about it here on the Disney Parks Blog. This exhibit opened in February of 2021 in the American Pavilion at Epcot. The review below is of the prior exhibit in the American Heritage Gallery. I’ll update this review when I get the opportunity to visit Epcot again.

Creating Tradition brings a mix of historical and modern-day Indian art representing Native Americans across the centuries. Collections from seven different regions of American Indian tribes are presented in the display.

Exhibits change out every couple of years at the American Heritage Gallery. This particular exhibit debuted back in 2018.

Additionally, you’ll note a little background narration as you walk through the gallery that helps add to the overall experience. If you are in Epcot, I highly recommend taking a few moments to see the exhibit.

Most will have plenty of time while waiting for the next performance of the American Adventure. The gallery is immediately outside the entrance of the theater.

Entrance to the American Heritage Gallery

Here are a few quick reference attraction details.

American Heritage GalleryEpcot Attractions

Location:

America Pavilion

Height Requirement:

Any Height

FastPass:

None

Ride Type:

Gallery

Good For:

Everyone

Scary Factor:

None

Must-Do List:

Low Priority

Perfect For:

History Enthusiasts

Special Mention:

While not a high priority, well worth
the walkthrough.

American Heritage Gallery

Below is the entrance to the American Heritage Gallery. The America Pavilion at Epcot has one large building holding two different attractions inside. When you enter the building the gallery is located on the far right-hand side of the room.

American Heritage Gallery Epcot

Note there are several beautiful Native dresses and dolls on display. This is probably my favorite exhibit that they’ve had here to date. The intricately detailed pieces are bursting with color and history.

Native American Cultural Exhibit

Alongside each collection you’ll find signage describing each piece and a bit of the history behind it.

Displays in the American Heritage Gallery at Epcot

You’ll also see items like Native American jewelry, pottery, headdress, and baskets.

Native American Heritage collection

All of the jewelry pieces are absolutely stunning. Below are Zuni necklaces and earrings that make up part of the display.

Zuni Necklaces on display at Epcot

These pottery pieces were originally produced by Pueblo communities to use for domestic purposes. Today they are still produced to sale as art pieces and tourist souvenirs.

Native American pieces at American Adventure Gallery Epcot

Each area of the exhibit hosts a different region of American Indian. Below is the display for the Northwest Coast and Arctic region.

Attraction in America at Epcot

Here’s a little close up of items from the colder climate tribes.

Heritage American Pieces in Gallery

And a few from the Great Basin and Plateau region. I especially loved this display with the moccasins.

Native American pieces at Epcot

Furthermore, this display has a mask, a Yakama handbag, Ute pouch, Teatime tea cozy, and several formal Indian dress pieces toward the back.

Collection of art at Epcot's America

Another piece that really caught my eye were the Sioux Princess dolls on display.

Sioux Princess Dolls in the American Heritage Gallery at Epcot

I can’t imagine the high level of skill that went into creating these elaborate dolls.

Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty Doll at Epcot

The Plains Indians are also represented in the American Heritage Gallery. This display offered a look at a few infant pieces. Along with the infant clothes, there were pieces of children’s clothing and footwear.

Pieces of the collection represent different Native American tribes

And here’s a look at the other side of the entrance outside the theater.

Baskets toward the Creating Tradition in American Indian Art

As you can see there are definitely some interesting pieces currently on display at the American Heritage Gallery. My family has often been guilty of not spending a lot of time in the American Pavilion until more recent years. It’s so easy to get caught up in rushing from one attraction to the next, that you can end up missing some pretty cool stuff.

So I definitely encourage anyone with interest to see the American Adventure on their next Disney vacation and stop in to check out the gallery while you are at it.

You might also enjoy these full World Showcase pavilion reviews:

France Pavilion at Epcot

Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase

Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Norway in Epcot

If all of this reading made you hungry, check out our Disney Restaurant Reviews section. It has a list of every single dining experience we’ve had to date. That includes Disney character dining and our meals at Disney signature dining locations.

Make sure to walk through the American Heritage Gallery on your next vacation! Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on these types of exhibits at Epcot.

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