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African American Museum In Philadelphia

701 Arch Street

Mission :

The African American Museum in Philadelphia collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora.  We enrich the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually.  We are a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.  

Vision :

When individuals understand their history and culture, it empowers them to fulfill their potential and contribute to the larger society.  Our vision is of a world where African Americans, those of the African Diaspora and all touched by the Museum, are inspired by a greater understanding of themselves through art, culture and history.  Our vision is of a museum of local, national and international importance; one recognized for excellence and innovation in museum practice and programs.

About Us :

Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.


Yasmari Rodriguez

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Ok this pains me to say this, but need to be honest. Walked in, grabbed our tickets, & we're able to walk through in a out 10 minutes. The museum is set up like the Smithsonian AA museum in DC. Art gallery top floor & historical items below. However there aren't much artifacts. However after visiting with staff I understand why......they are completely publicly funded not federally funded like many others. Unfortunately there are no major benefactors & has led to stagnation. So my suggestion is go to support & get history from the local staff.

Demetrius Jorden

Friday, April 20, 2018
There is really nothing that tells the real truth about African Americans. Which is what the museum is called. There is no African American. There is american and there is Africans. .period. museum is a bust. Not worth a penny to visit. Years ago they had authentic stuff. Was taken out due being to graphic. Seriously. It was the truth what they showed.

Learmont Carrington

Saturday, July 7, 2018
I honestly expected much more than was presented, I don't feel like it portrayed us in a great light. Pretty much falls in line with what was taught it school, and I'm pretty sure there are tons of inaccuracies in those teachings.


Monday, March 26, 2018
I've been to several African American museums in my travels, mainly in large cities, but I really expected more from the one in Philadelphia. After going to a few of the other museums which are right down the block, I expected this one to be of similar quality, as there's so much to share in relation to the black experience both nationally, and right here in Philly. Yes, there were a few really neat displays which were ingenious & fantastic, but to charge the same price as the other larger, more engaging museums in the area...? For that particular experience, which was also significantly shorter in duration, I feel it should have been maybe $7 or $8 , but not $14....Otherwise, the actors portraying various people on the video screens were great!

Jan Dixon

Friday, June 22, 2018
Only really had a overview kind of movie thing on the first floor and some mini documentary for different people on the second floor. The last two galleries had pretty much nothing in them.

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