The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Celebrating and interpreting African American history and culture
With a diverse collection of fine and folk art, photographs, memorabilia and costumes, this museum in Philadelphia’s historic district traces the experiences and contributions of African-Americans from the kingdoms of Africa through to the present. The museum’s exhibits tell the story of African American life, focusing on topics such as family life, the visual arts, entertainment, politics, and sports.
The museum currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.
As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum often links its exhibits to national and international trends. The museum’s gift shop is stocked with a wide selection of books and videos, African textiles, and African American jewelry and prints.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia was among the museums to open during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration and is notable as the first museum funded and built by a city to help preserve African American culture. 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.
Open Tue – Sun
The exhibit on the integration of Girard College, Philadelphia’s most prominent Civil Rights issue, shows how one city weathered the 1960s storm.
Some Kids’ Stuff
Kids will especially like perusing singer Pearl Bailey’s theatrical items and seeing how the stars of the Negro Leagues compared with those in the “white” majors.
In the neighborhood
401 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
- Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Philadelphia Segway Tours
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Museums & Attractions
Between Chestnut and Lombard
- David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA
- St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church
- Arch Street United Methodist Church
- Masonic Temple
- The Fabric Workshop and Museum
- The China Gate
- Asian Arts Initiative
- Center for Architecture
- AIA Bookstore & Design Center
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Restaurants & Dining
N. 12th St. and Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour
- Night Market — Chinatown
- Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef
- Wok & Walk Tour of Chinatown
- Banana Leaf
- Reading Terminal Market
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