The African American Museum
Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans.
The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core permanent exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876, allowing Octavius Cato, Richard Allen and other trailblazers to tell their stories via technology, photographs, videos and artifacts on display.
The museum’s upper galleries host a rotating schedule of special exhibitions which explore African-American history, social issues and the African Diaspora through fine art, multimedia displays, historic artifacts and informative panels.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, was among the museums to open during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia.
Located just a few blocks away from the Liberty Bell, the museum’s modernistic public sculptures, “The Whispering Bells” and “Nisaka”, are distinctive landmarks in the downtown historic district.
The museum features a rotating calendar of programs and events, from lectures and film screenings to concerts, book signings, workshops and more.
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Don’t miss monthly Macy’s Family FunDay, when the museum offers a full suite of fun family activities included with the price of admission.
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