Ready to feed your cultural soul? These African American museums offer a variety of artistic mediums, historical artifacts and contemporary works that can be appreciated and enjoyed by all.
Museum of the African Diaspora
The Museum of the African Diaspora is a contemporary art museum in San Francisco. Also known as MoAD, the museum explores contemporary social, artistic and cultural forms with African roots. The museum also studies the impact of the African Diaspora on Black art and on cultures throughout the world.
New Orleans African American Museum
The mission statement of the New Orleans African American Museum is "the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the culture of the African Diaspora." Located in the historically Black community of Treme in New Orleans, it was founded in 1996 under the guidance and extensive support of the City of New Orleans Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is a must-see historic experience in Atlanta. Established in 1968 by his wife, Coretta Scott King, it is a haven for all things relating to the civil right activist and his family. That includes King’s birth home, the memorial crypt for Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, the Eternal Flame, Freedom Walkway and Reflecting Pool, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where MLK preached from 1960 until his death in 1968.
Harvey B. Gantt Center
Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is named after the town’s first Black mayor, Harvey B. Gantt. Formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center, it's committed to highlighting African American culture. It’s also a community epicenter: the space is used for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach.
African American Museum of Iowa
If you’re near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, make a plan to visit the African American Museum of Iowa. More than 30,000 people visit the space, which is a statewide institution dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching Iowa’s African American history. Since its opening, it has collected more than 2,000 artifacts and over 200 oral histories from local residents to share with the public.
The DuSable Museum of African American History
Artist and educator Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs founded The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center in Chicago in 1961. Her desire was to celebrate African American culture, and she succeeded. The museum has more than 15,000 pieces in its collection, including paintings, sculptures, prints and other memorabilia.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
You’ll find that the Reginald F Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore is named after Reginald F. Lewis, the first Black man in the United States to build a billion-dollar company, Beatrice Foods. The institution hosts permanent exhibitions documenting its local African American history and showcases traveling displays. It also has an oral history recording and listening studio, educational facilities and a 200-seat auditorium.
National Museum of African American History & Culture
You’ll find the National Museum of African American History & Culture in our nation’s capital; it's one of the most popular Smithsonian institutions in D.C. Nearly 3 million people visited the museum’s collection of 40,000 African American artifacts, including Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Nat Turner's bible and Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves, just in its first year of operation. The museum houses Sweet Home Café, which offers a menu of African American cuisine from around the U.S.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Located at the corner of 7th and Arch St., the African American Museum in Philadelphia is focused on the history of the Black experience in America, with a special emphasis on the Black history of its city. The exhibitions presented are designed to inspire, educate, promote dialogue and bring communities together.
Jack Hadley Black History Museum
The Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia, was founded by African American historian, James “Jack” Hadley, who began collecting artifacts after his stint in the U.S. Air Force. Opened in 2006, the museum houses more than 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts, many pertaining to Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, as well as state and national achievements that relate to the area. The museum is just 45 minutes from the campus of Florida A&M University, a historically Black college in the state.
Northwest African American Museum
The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is housed in the historic Colman School building, which was the first school in Seattle to desegregate and hire Black teachers. NAAM exhibits and explores African American history through art, music and literature and through cultural studies in the Pacific Northwest.
California African American Museum
Located in South Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, the California African American Museum aims to display how African Americans played their role in the America cultural landscape in the west.That charge is done through a combination of paintings, sculptures, print, historical objects and mixed media artwork by artists from across the United States.