Philadelphia

African American Museum

The African American Museum was founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial with a mission to engage diverse communities in appreciating the Black experience through art, history and culture. There are four galleries and an auditorium, each offering exhibitions anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.

A collection of over 500,000 photos and negatives by Jack T. Franklin documents political and social movements as well as all the major events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. You’ll see pics of many notables, including Thurgood Marshall, Mohammed Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sammy Davis, Malcolm X, Nat King Cole, the Jackson Five, Duke Ellington and many more. Another collection of African artifacts includes musical instruments, tools, jewelry, ceremonial objects, and many wood-carved items.

The permanent Exhibition Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876 focuses on the stories and contributions of people living in the city during the tumultuous years following the nation’s founding. There is a narrated, interactive timeline spanning those 100 years, and a highlight of the museum for young and old alike are the ten full-sized video projections of trailblazers. Heroes such as Octavius Catto, Richard Allen, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper will answer your questions about their lives! In addition, for children 3 through 8 is the hands-on Children’s Corner for exploring the daily lives of kids during that time period.

Other Exhibitions rotate in and out, and from June 15 – September 17, 2017 the museum continues its 40th anniversary celebration with PhilAesthetic: 40 years of collecting African American Art. Paintings, mixed media and sculpture are featured, many of which were made at the height of the Black Arts Movement. Pop-up exhibits showcase cultural legacies such as New Freedom Theatre, Clef Club, and Philadanco. Bring the family in and learn a little something new!

Location: 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm

The African American Museum was founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial with a mission to engage diverse communities in appreciating the Black experience through art, history and culture. There are four galleries and an auditorium, each offering exhibitions anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.

A collection of over 500,000 photos and negatives by Jack T. Franklin documents political and social movements as well as all the major events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. You’ll see pics of many notables, including Thurgood Marshall, Mohammed Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sammy Davis, Malcolm X, Nat King Cole, the Jackson Five, Duke Ellington and many more. Another collection of African artifacts includes musical instruments, tools, jewelry, ceremonial objects, and many wood-carved items.

The permanent Exhibition Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876 focuses on the stories and contributions of people living in the city during the tumultuous years following the nation’s founding. There is a narrated, interactive timeline spanning those 100 years, and a highlight of the museum for young and old alike are the ten full-sized video projections of trailblazers. Heroes such as Octavius Catto, Richard Allen, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper will answer your questions about their lives! In addition, for children 3 through 8 is the hands-on Children’s Corner for exploring the daily lives of kids during that time period.

Other Exhibitions rotate in and out, and from June 15 – September 17, 2017 the museum continues its 40th anniversary celebration with PhilAesthetic: 40 years of collecting African American Art. Paintings, mixed media and sculpture are featured, many of which were made at the height of the Black Arts Movement. Pop-up exhibits showcase cultural legacies such as New Freedom Theatre, Clef Club, and Philadanco. Bring the family in and learn a little something new!

Location: 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm

ADULT:

$21.95

CHILD:

$9.00

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adult:

$21.95

child:

$9.00

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