African American Museum in Philadelphia

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Hallways chronicle Civil Rights movement with galleries of tools & art, video reenactments & photographs

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A deep knowledge of ancestral history can redefine one’s identity and cure the belief that you’re secretly Smokey Robinson. Discover paths paved by past generations with today’s Groupon to the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Choose from the following options:

  • For $10, you get admission for two people (up to a $20 value).
  • For $18, you get admission for four people (up to a $40 value).
  • For $20, you get an individual membership (up to a $50 value).
  • For $30, you get a family membership (a $75 value).<p>

Membership benefits include:<p>

  • Free yearly admission to the museum
  • A 10% discount at the museum shop
  • Invitation to exhibition openings and special events
  • Quarterly calendar of upcoming events
  • Invitation to the annual meeting
  • Discounted admission to the Art Sanctuary
  • Reciprocal membership to the Atwater Kent Museum and the National Museum of American Jewish History<p>

The African American Museum in Philadelphia chronicles history with video reenactments and four galleries featuring hundreds of thousands of images and documents from the last 300 years. Actors breathe life back into the lives of inventors, athletes, and historical icons in video docudramas screening on the second floor, right next to the robots pantomiming the accomplishments of future luminaries. Beginning on the second floor, an in-depth exploration of captivity and slavery sheds light on the story of civil rights, and leads visitors upwards to the third, fourth, and fifth floors. The galleries’ objets d’art include utensils and tools, photographs and historic home furnishings, and fine and folk art created by African American artists during different chapters of history.

The museum’s collection resides within a five story stucco-like structure that evokes an African mud house. Rich history pervades the soil upon which the building was erected, a scant number of blocks from the Liberty Bell and a few feet from where Theodore Roosevelt first learned how to write a cursive T.

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Since its founding in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia has worked to preserve and honor African Americans' heritage through exhibitions, collections, and cultural programs. Four galleries contain exhibits delving into themes including the African diaspora, African American life in Philadelphia, and contemporary African American narratives. The core exhibition, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876, showcases a timeline detailing how African Americans lived in that era, and brings key historical figures to life through 10 life-size video projections. Visitors can interact with each of the projections, listening to their stories and requesting further topics of discussion, such as the Internet's role in their lives. Another gallery focuses on African American life post-emancipation leading up to the modern day. In addition to engaging exhibitions, the museum also boasts an extensive collection of historical artifacts, including Negro league baseball memorabilia, records, musical instruments, photographs, and the time machine that was used to retrieve each item.

Customer Reviews

Loved this museum. The tour guide was very informative and everyone who worked there had a smile on their face. Loved the exhibits as well!
Maya D. · 4 days ago
Way smaller than I expected. Still an interesting museum. Got to learn and see a lot about AAs in Philly.
Brittney G. · November 26, 2016
This is a Nice museum and has great exhibits. The only criticism I have is that it is kind of small. You could go through the entire museum in an hour and a half.
Neejla M. · September 18, 2016
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    Center City East

    701 Arch St.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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