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Philadelphia - 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.



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!

Moussa Doumbouya

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
I had a great time there on my last visit. The have a exhibit that has actors broadcasted on screens. It blew me away. I recommend that anyone visiting or living in Philly take the time to come here.

Kendall Moses

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
My family went there on 12/25/2017 and we had a great time. My aunt wanted the entire family to understand and appreciate what sacrifice were made so that we could enjoy what we have now. We also got to participate in a private interactive African dance session...the entire experience was beautiful and we had a wonderful time.

Davis Nicholson IV

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Nice place thought there would be more info about African history but instead have a lot of pictures of present day things

Shannon Brown

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
It wasn't what I thought it would be, the historical information was great but I didn't see any artifacts. It seemed to be more like an art exhibit. The staff was great.

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