Black Museums in the United States

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
ALABAMA
Selma
The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Our mission is to be a Museum and Institute that chronicles and preserves the historic journey for the right to vote that began when the “Founding Fathers” first planted the seeds of democracy in 1776.
Birmingham
Negro Southern League Museum
The Negro Southern League was created in 1920 by a group of African-American businessmen and baseball enthusiasts. From 1920 until its demise in 1951, the Negro Southern League served as a feeder route for many great black baseball players to go on to the Negro American League and Negro National League.
Dothan
G W Carver Interpretive Museum
The G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum is a community museum focused on educating individuals of all ages, races and creeds on the rich historical contributions of African-Americans.  We aim to provide a welcoming environment that allows you, our guest, to be inquisitive and enlightened.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to providing you with an uncommon (and unforgettable) experience that will compel you to return time and time again!
Tuscaloosa
Murphy African American Museum
Located in The Murphy-Collins House-Home of Tuscaloosa’s first licensed black mortician, features the lifestyle of affluent blacks during the early 1900s, built in 1923. National Register of Historic Places – Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Montgomery
Dexter Parsonage Museum
The Dexter Parsonage Museum, historic home to twelve pastors of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church from 1920-1992, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was restored in 2003 by the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Foundation, Inc., under the direction of church members, acting as an Authentication Committee.
Danville
Jesse Owens Memorial Park and Museum
Jesse Owens Museum’s digital collection includes the complete archives related to the inspiration, development and operation of the Jesse Owens Park and Museum. The collection includes documents, photos, correspondence, board minutes and news articles from 1983 to the present.
Mobile
National African American Archives and Museum
The National African American Archives and Museum, formerly known as the Davis Avenue Branch of Mobile Public Library, is an archive and history museum located in Mobile, Alabama. It serves as a repository for documents, records, photographs, books, African carvings, furniture, and special collections that relate to the African-American experience in the United States.
Troy
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is an active memorial to the life of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and the lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that brought racial integration to transportation and international attention to civil rights. Located in downtown Montgomery, Alabama at the site where Mrs. Parks was arrested, it is the nation’s only museum dedicated to Rosa Parks.
Alaska
No Black museums

ARIZONA
Phoenix
The George Washington Carver Museum
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is a historical preservation site that is dedicated to the Collection, Documentation, Preservation, Study, and Dissemination of the History and Culture of Africans and Americans of African Descent in Arizona.
Arkansas
Pocahontas
Eddie Mae Herron Center & Museum
The Mission of the Eddie Mae Herron Center is to help individuals, communities, and organizations to identify, protect, and preserve the history and to foster widespread appreciation of and respect for the African American culture.
Little Rock
Ernie’s Museum on Black Arkansans
By appointment only, February through September. Ernie’s Museum of Black Arkansans and Performing Arts, founded in 1993, is a privately funded non-profit institution. It is the state’s first black history museum dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of African-Americans in Arkansas.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a Department of Arkansas Heritage museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, and informs and educates the public about black achievements, especially in business, politics and the arts.
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles
California African-American Museum
The California African American Museum is a museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, United States. The Museum focuses on enrichment and education on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans with a focus on California and the western United States. Admission is free to all visitors.
Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum
Oran Z’s massive collection of African-American artifacts, including everything from slave shackles to once-popular “Mamie” cookie jars to a flag signed by Barack Obama.
San Diego
African Museum Casa del Rey Moro
The African Museum showcases extensive educational information in charts, timelines, and graphics that bring you a better understanding of African cultural history and its impact throughout the world. There is also a collection of culturally relevant items, including carvings, weavings and other artifacts from over 10 different African countries.
Oakland
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.
COLORADO
Black American West Museum & Heritage Center
A museum that explores the history of black cowboys, wranglers and ranchers in the American West.
CONNECTICUT
Stamford
BLACK WW II HISTORY MUSEUM
This museum is the only one of its kind in the U.S. The museum was created not to glorify war but to document it — In particular to honor the long-ignored role of African-Americans in the largest worldwide conflict of human history.
Hartford
John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center
The cultural center was named after Hartford resident John Rogers, the first African American superintendent of a post office in Connecticut. Rogers became regarded as a consultant in black history to the University of Hartford and Greater Hartford Community College.
Delaware
Wilmington
Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage
The purpose of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is to collect, preserve, research and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans and it is headquartered on the Delaware Historical Society’s Wilmington campus in the Delaware History Museum.
FLORIDA
New Smyrna Beach
Black Heritage Museum
(Also known as the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation for African American culture and history. Emphasizing the contributions of its people, the museum preserves and displays a collection of photos, oral histories, memorabilia and artifacts to educate citizens about the history of race relations in small-town Florida over the course of the twentieth century.
Miami
Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum
The museum is a full service facility. It displays police memorabilia, artifacts, documents, video, and word-of-mouth stories by the men and women who worked there. It provides a community center for its citizens, a tutorial center, and learning center for children in the City of Miami’s most underprivileged neighborhoods.
St. Petersburg
Dr Carter G Woodson Museum
The museum presents the historic voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg Florida community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture and community. It is another demonstration of the commitment to revitalize the Midtown St. Petersburg area.
Orlando
Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture
Dr. William Monroe Wells, an African American physician, built this hotel in 1926 to provide lodging to African Americans visiting the Orlando area. Second-floor hotel rooms complemented three first-floor store fronts. The adjacent South Street Casino attracted many famous entertainers, and the hotel became their favorite stopping place. Today, with authentic furnishings of the 1930s, the museum, features artifacts that include official hotel documents, an original Negro League baseball jersey and slave records.
Fort Lauderdale
African-American research library and Cultural Center
A main library and a unique children’s library with more Black history books and books written by Blacks than any other facility in the country. The auditorium and exhibit areas provide opportunities to exchange ideas and cultural values as well as promote an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of persons of African descent. Monday & Wednesday, 12 noon to 8pm. All other days, including Sunday, are 10am to 6pm.
GEORGIA
Thomasville
Jack Hadley Black History Museum
We are Thomasville’s First Black History Museum, established in 1995 to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans locally and nationally. The museum was founded by African-American historian, James “Jack” Hadley who has preserved over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts with emphasis on Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, state and national achievers that commemorate their lives and accomplishments.
Augusta
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history.  We accomplish this awesome task by educating and exposing children and adults of the CSRA, the State and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs.
Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr. Birth House
The only ranger-led tour in the park is of Dr. King’s Birth Home. All other facilities such as the Visitor Centeer, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. and Mrs. King’s Gravesite, Freedom Hall, and Historic Fire Station No. 6 are self-guided. The ranger-led tour is free and lasts approximately 30 minutes during which time you will learn about the life of a young M. L. King. The home is open for tours on a daily basis, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, with the first tour at 10:00 am and the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people.
The King Center
The King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. The collection consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded.
The APEX Museum
Preserving history fuels us. To excite, explore, express, examine, explain and exhibit is to open new doors to be an example by which all can make good. At the APEX Museum, we pride ourselves in connecting African, African-American diaspora, and Black Atlanta history to provide our visitors with an experience unlike any other.
National Center for Human Civil Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for Global Human Rights. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Macon
Tubman Museum
The Tubman Museum fulfills its mission through diverse exhibitions, innovative educational programming, cutting edge technology and a host of special events throughout the year.
HAWAII
Honolulu
African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii
The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawai’i (AADCCH) museum repository collects and archives historical documentation to preserve 200 years of Black history in Hawai’i and share it with the community to educate and enhance cultural appreciation.
IDAHO
Boise
Idaho Black History Museum
The Idaho Black History Museum provides opportunities for educational enrichment and promotes the study of the contributions of Black Americans in American history.
ILLINOIS
Chicago
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
This museum focuses on the man and the African- American contribution to America’s labor history and the Pullman Porters, the Great Migration, and the American Civil Rights Movement.
DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art. It was founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, her husband Charles Burroughs, Gerard Lew, Eugene Feldman, Marian M. Hadley, and others. Taylor-Burroughs and other founders established the museum to celebrate black culture, at the time overlooked by most museums and academic establishments.
Peoria
African American Hall of Fame Museum
The African American Hall of Fame Museum was founded in 1987 by a small group of civic leaders with a mission to educate through preserving and promoting art and history that highlight African American achievements and individuals that have had an impact on the African American experience, in our community and beyond.
Carbondale
African American Museum of Southern Illinois
The purpose of the African American Museum of Southern Illinois is to identify, preserve, and portray outstanding achievements in African American history and culture.
INDIANA
Indianapolis
Early Black Settlement – Indiana Historical Society
The Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States’ oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as “Indiana’s Storyteller”.
Fort Wayne
African-American Historical Museum
The AAAHSM (“AWESOME”) exhibits the histories of people of African descent in Allen County since 1809 and African history from earliest times to today. An Arts United affiliate, the museum houses the city’s largest public collection of African Art.
Evansville
Evansville African American Museum
The mission of the Evansville African American Museum is to continually develop a resource and cultural center to collect, preserve, and educate the public on the history and traditions of African American families, organizations, and communities.
IOWA
Cedar Rapids
African-American Museum of Iowa
The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events.
KANSAS
Wichita
The Kansas African-American Museum
The Kansas African American Museum, formerly the venerable Calvary Baptist Church was once the cornerstone of Wichita’s vibrant black community
Kansas City
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.
Bruce R. Watkin Center
This living museum stands in tribute to the legacy of Kansas City’s early African-American pioneers and embodies the artistic, cultural and social history of the African-American experience.
KENTUCKY
Louisville
Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is the result of a collection of African American educators, artist, and historians who have collaborated to give the long-dormant history of African Americans in their region the voice and platform it deserves. This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.
Roots 101
The Roots 101 African – American Museum will be a museum dedicated to tell the story of the African-American journey from Africa and all ports in between.
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, it is located in the city’s West Main District.
LOUISIANA
Opelousas
Creole Heritage Folklife Center
The Creole Heritage Folklife Center is located in an old house, deliberately kept rustic so that visitors get a true sense of the period. There is a potbelly stove in the kitchen, a dry sink on the countertop, a hand-braided rug in front of the bedroom fireplace, and shelves with hats and hatboxes of the era.
Houma
Finding Our Roots African American Museum
This landmark museum is the first exhibition and education venue dedicated to African American history and culture in the Terrebone parish. It aims to educate and to raise awareness of the significance of African American history to an understanding of the overall story of America as experienced in the Bayou Region .
Hammond
Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum
The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives is a museum on Phoenix Square in Hammond, Louisiana. There are three main buildings.
New Orleans
New Orleans African American Museum
The New Orleans African American Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the oldest-surviving black community in the United States
Edgard
Whitney Plantation
The Whitney Plantation Historic District is a museum devoted to slavery in the Southern United States. The district, including the main house and outbuildings, is preserved near Wallace, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana
Melrose
Melrose Plantation
Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House.
Monroe
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum
Founded in 1994, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African Heritage Museum museum features seminars, events, and research materials on the 1960s civil rights movement in Northeast Louisiana, plus works of art by Don Cincone, Bernard Menyweather, and Agnes Hicks.
Donaldsville
River Road African American Museum
River Road African American Museum is a museum of culture and history in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1994, it was among the first Louisiana museums to tell the story of Africans and African Americans, both slave and free.
Shreveport
Stephens African American Museum
The Stephens African-American Museum was opened in 1994 as a community service project of the Spencer Ray Stephens Foundation, Inc. It is a living museum dedicated to the preservation of African-American history, artifacts and documents.
MAINE
No black museums to be found
MARYLAND
Baltimore
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum
The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is a Living Classrooms Foundation campus and national heritage site that celebrates the legacy of Baltimore’s own Frederick Douglass,Isaac Myers, and the first shipyard established by African-Americans in 1868,the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company right at the water’s edge on the Inner Harbor in historic Fells Point.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Baltimore
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is a wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland featuring prominent African-American historical figures. It was established in 1983, in a downtown storefront on Saratoga Street.
KENTUCKY
Louisville
Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is the result of a collection of African American educators, artist, and historians who have collaborated to give the long-dormant history of African Americans in their region the voice and platform it deserves. This group evolved from the Louisville and Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee into its current mold, with a single unifying goal of promoting the Kentuckiana region’s black heritage.
Roots 101
The Roots 101 African – American Museum will be a museum dedicated to tell the story of the African-American journey from Africa and all ports in between.
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, it is located in the city’s West Main District.
LOUISIANA
Opelousas
Creole Heritage Folklife Center
The Creole Heritage Folklife Center is located in an old house, deliberately kept rustic so that visitors get a true sense of the period. There is a potbelly stove in the kitchen, a dry sink on the countertop, a hand-braided rug in front of the bedroom fireplace, and shelves with hats and hatboxes of the era.
Houma
Finding Our Roots African American Museum
This landmark museum is the first exhibition and education venue dedicated to African American history and culture in the Terrebone parish. It aims to educate and to raise awareness of the significance of African American history to an understanding of the overall story of America as experienced in the Bayou Region .
Hammond
Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum
The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives is a museum on Phoenix Square in Hammond, Louisiana. There are three main buildings.
New Orleans
New Orleans African American Museum
The New Orleans African American Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, is located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the oldest-surviving black community in the United States
Edgard
Whitney Plantation
The Whitney Plantation Historic District is a museum devoted to slavery in the Southern United States. The district, including the main house and outbuildings, is preserved near Wallace, in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana
Melrose
Melrose Plantation
Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House.
Monroe
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum
Founded in 1994, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African Heritage Museum museum features seminars, events, and research materials on the 1960s civil rights movement in Northeast Louisiana, plus works of art by Don Cincone, Bernard Menyweather, and Agnes Hicks.
Donaldsville
River Road African American Museum
River Road African American Museum is a museum of culture and history in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1994, it was among the first Louisiana museums to tell the story of Africans and African Americans, both slave and free.
Shreveport
Stephens African American Museum
The Stephens African-American Museum was opened in 1994 as a community service project of the Spencer Ray Stephens Foundation, Inc. It is a living museum dedicated to the preservation of African-American history, artifacts and documents.
MAINE
No black museums to be found
MARYLAND
Baltimore
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum
The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is a Living Classrooms Foundation campus and national heritage site that celebrates the legacy of Baltimore’s own Frederick Douglass,Isaac Myers, and the first shipyard established by African-Americans in 1868,the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company right at the water’s edge on the Inner Harbor in historic Fells Point.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Baltimore
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is a wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland featuring prominent African-American historical figures. It was established in 1983, in a downtown storefront on Saratoga Street.
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston
Museum of African American History
The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.
Mansfield
National Black Doll Museum
Our Mission is three-fold to nurture self-esteem, promote culture diversity and to preserve the history of black dolls by educating the public on their significance.
Springfield
The Pan African Historical Museum
Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square.  PAHMUSA is where African culture and African-American history converge to paint a full picture of Black History, with a special focus on Western Massachusetts.
Roxbury
Museum Of The National Center Of Afro American Artists Inc.
The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is an institution founded in 1968 by Elma Lewis to “preserv[e] and foster[] the cultural arts heritage of black peoples worldwide through arts teaching, and the presentation of professional works in all fine arts disciplines.”
MICHIGAN
Detroit
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the Cultural Center of the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1965, the museum holds the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture. In 1997, Detroit architects Sims-Varner & Associates designed a new 120,000 square foot facility on Warren Avenue.
The James Jackson Museum of African American History
A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African Americanexperience. National Museum of African American History and Culture | A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.
Motown Museum
Originally the recording studios and residence of Berry Gordy and Motown Records. Information for visitors to the museum, and profiles of the label’s featured artists including Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson 5, and Four Tops. Located in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
MINNESOTA
Minneapolis
Minnesota African American Museum
The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is a Minnesota non-profit organization that was founded in 2018. The Museum’s purpose is to preserve, record and highlight the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota.
MISSISSIPPI
Jackson
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is a museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Its mission is to document, exhibit the history of, and educate the public about the American Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. state of Mississippi between 1945 and 1970
African American Military History Museum
The African American Military History Museum, also known as East Sixth Street USO Building, was constructed in 1942 as a USO Club for African American soldiers who were stationed at Camp Shelby.
Natchez
Natchez Museum Of African American History & Culture
The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum located in Natchez, MS, United States. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States.
The Oakes African American Culture Center
Oakes African American Cultural Center. The house has many architectural features that are unusual and remarkably well preserved. The leaded-glass entrance doors, original mantels, chimneys, walls, and stairs are especially interesting.
Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural
The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center documents the history and achievements of African Americans in Mississippi and sponsors workshops and festivals.
Indianola
B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center
The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is a Delta blues museum with the mission to “empower, unite and heal through music, art and education and share with the world the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.” The museum, named for blues legend, B.B. King, is located in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, in the United States.
MISSOURI
Kansas City
American Jazz Museum
The American Jazz Museum is a jazz museum in the historic 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri. The museum preserves the history of American jazz music, with exhibits on Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and others.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league baseball in America. It was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri, in the historic 18th & Vine District, the hub of African-American cultural activity in Kansas City during the first half of the 20th century.
St. Louis
George B. Vashon Museum
The George B. Vashon Museum truly is a hidden gem. Started by former teacher and black memorabilia collector, Calvin Riley, the George B. Vashon Museum houses a collection that encompases 250 years of African American history in St. Louis
Griot of Black History and Culture
The Griot Museum of Black History. In some west African countries, the griot, is a historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader who preserves and shares cultural traditions of a community.
SCOTT JOPLIN HOUSE STATE HISTORIC SITE
The Scott Joplin House State Historic Site is located at 2658 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It preserves the Scott Joplin Residence, the home of composer Scott Joplin from 1901 to 1903. The house and its surroundings are maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a state historic site. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.
National Blues Museum
The National Blues Museum is a museum in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, dedicated to exploring the musical history and impact of the blues. It exists as an entertainment and educational resource focusing on blues music.
MONTANA
No black museums found
NEBRASKA
Omaha
Great Plains Black History Museum
The Great Plains Black History Museum has been a striving institution dedicated to publicizing and preserving the achievements of the region’s vibrant African American heritage. To ensure the success both of a future capital campaign and the sustainability of the institution, the museummust gain broad community acceptance
Lincoln
Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture & Resource Center
The Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center or MAMA welcomes the community and visitors to Lincoln to come experience the hidden beauty and rich history of Africa’s art and culture. MAMA is the first established African museum.
NEVADA
Las Vegas
Walker African American Museum
The Walker African-American Museum is the only African-American museum in Nevada. It recounts the history and heritage of African Americans. The museum exhibits some unique artifacts, works of art and other related memorabilia.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Portsmouth
Seacoast African American Cultural Center
Seacoast African American Cultural Center is located at 8 Islington St in Portsmouth, NH – Rockingham County and is a business listed in the categories Art Galleries & Dealers, Art Galleries and Art Galleries, By Subject.
NEW JERSEY
Atlantic City & Newtonville
African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
AAHMSNJ features African American cultural artifacts and the work of local artists in Southern New Jersey. With a permanent home in Atlantic City and a traveling museum with access to over 3,000 historical and cultural artifacts
NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque
African American Museum & Cultural Center of New Mexico
The mission of the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico (AAMCCNM) is to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions of people of African descent with emphasis on New Mexico and the Southwest.
NEW YORK
Brooklyn
Black Inventors Museum
The Black Inventor Online Museum is the #1 resource on the web focusing on the ingenuity and accomplishments of the top Black inventors over the last 300 years. Their contributions are chronicled and the inventors are profiled, providing information for students and others interested in these pioneers of Black History.
Queens
Louis Armstrong House Museum
The Louis Armstrong House was the home of Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership of it to the city of New York in order to create a museum focused on her husband.
New York City
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide
The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Fraunces Tavern Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era through public education
Harlem
African-American Wax Museum of Harlem
Museum devoted to Afro-American art and culture. Its offerings range from sculptures and wax mannequins to paintings and folk art.
NORTH CAROLINA
Raleigh
African American Cultural Complex
The African American Cultural Complex museum has a unique collection of artifacts, documents and displays of outstanding contributions made by African Americans that are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.
Greensboro
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. Its building formerly housed the Woolworth’s, the site of a non-violent protest in the civil rights movement. Four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University started the Greensboro sit-ins at a “whites only” lunch counter on February 1, 1960
Charlotte
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
at Levine Center for the Arts
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center, is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and named for Harvey Gantt, the city’s first African-American mayor and the first African-American student at Clemson University.
NORTH DAKOTA
No black museums found
OHIO
Cleveland
African American Museum
The Museum is housed in a 100-year-old Carnegie Library building. The Museum works to educate young people about the positive contributions of blacks to the cultures of the world, and to eliminate the distorted portrayals and images of black people.
Cincinnati
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio based on the history of the Underground Railroad. Opened in 2004, the Center also pays tribute to all efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.”
Wilberforce
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is a museum located in Wilberforce, Ohio, whose mission is to chronicle through its collections and programs the rich and varied experiences of African Americans from their African origins to the present. It is one of many museums operated by the Ohio History Connection.
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, a National Monument of the United States, commemorates the life of Charles Young, an escaped slave who rose to become a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and its first African-American colonel.
OKLAHOMA
Garfield
Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum
Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum is a repository situated along the Old Chisholm Trail, in the former Cherokee Outlet, which was owned by that Nation’s Freedmen and Autonomous Bands prior to the premature 1893 settlement by Boomers.
Grady
Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society Museum
To encourage the study and appreciation of African American heritage and cultural contributions.
OREGON
Salem
Oregon African American Museum
It’s original plan was to continue expanding on its research and telling the stories of these pioneers through presentations, exhibits, and books and to partner with school districts and historical organizations to distribute this information statewide.
PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.
Black Writers Museum
Our Mission. To provide youth and community programming by utilizing exhibits of classic and modern Black authors and their composition as tools for teaching and learning. Service Areas
Central PA African American Museum
The Central PA African American Museum, located in Reading, is an easy day trip from Cumberland Valley. The museum is home to a collection of art, documents, court records and book focused on African American history in the Berks and Reading areas.
The Colored Girls Museum
The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. This museum initiates the object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful .
Pittsburgh
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
August Wilson Cultural Center is a U.S. nonprofit arts organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that presents performing and visual arts programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans not only in Western Pennsylvania, but nationally and internationally.
Reading
Central Pennsylvania African American Museum
The Central Pennsylvania African-American Museum is housed in a church that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The museum contains a large collection of artifacts, art objects, books, and photographs that document and describe the African-American experience in the New World.
RHODE ISLAND
Providence
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was constituted for the purposes of procuring, collecting, and preserving books, pamphlets, letters, manuscripts, prints, photographs, paintings, and historical materials relating to the history of African Americans in Rhode Island.
Stages of Freedom
Stages of Freedom Museum Celebrates African American History. The museum name was created by Robb Dimmick, the program director, using words from Frederick Douglass: “We are on a journey to Freedom.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston
Avery Research Center
The mission of the Avery Research Center is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond.
Old Slave Mart Museum
The Old Slave Mart Museum has operated sporadically since 1938. It is often incorrectly called the Charleston Slave Market Museum, the Slave Mart Museum Charleston or the Old Slave Market Museum.. Thomas Ryan owned Ryan’s Mart which later became the Old Slave Mart. It is located between Chalmers and Queen Streets.
Greenville
Greenville Cultural Exchange
The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is a multicultural museum founded in 1987 by Ruth Ann Butler. The Center provides a haven of historical reflection, research and education.
Myrtle Beach
HISTORIC MYRTLE BEACH COLORED SCHOOL MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER
The Myrtle Beach Colored School served African-American students in the Myrtle Beach area for more than 20 years. Now, a new Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Centerprovides a window to the past, as well as a door to the future for all.
Walterboro
Slave Relic Museum
This museum, also known to be the historic slaves’ relics’ museum, has the history of how slave trade started and ended in Badagry, Nigeria. Badagry was found in 1425 and the slave trade started 15 centuries ago and lasted for 40 years before it was then abolished in Badagry.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Sioux Falls
South Dakota African American History Museum
The African American History Museum at the Washington Pavilion recognizes the struggles, contributions and great leadership of the African American community in South Dakota.
TENNESSEE
Brownsville
Dunbar Carver Museum
The Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center is the only museum of its kind in West Tennessee. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans as actors, creators, and planners versus reactors to their environment.
Tina Turner Museum and Flagg Grove School
This once one-room schoolhouse attended by a young Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner) is now home to a collection of the Queen of Rock’s memorabilia including costumes and gold records.
Henning
Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
Alex Haley House and Museum State Historic Site is one of the Tennessee Historical Commission’s state-owned historic sites and is located in Henning, Tennessee, United States.
Nashville
National Museum of African American Music
The National Museum of African American Music is a museum scheduled to open in Nashville, Tennessee in 2019. It is expected to showcase musical genres inspired, created, or influenced by African-Americans.
Chattanooga
Chattanooga African American Museum
The Chattanooga African American Heritage Museum has a long history of service and commitment to Chattanooga, Tennessee. More than twenty-five years ago, a group of visionary leaders held the first meeting of the African American Heritage Council at the Central City Complex
Bessie Smith Cultural Center.
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center has become a recognized educational institution. Its facilities are utilized daily by school children, adults, scholars, and visitors from all over the world. The community has helped the BSCC establish itself in Tennessee and the Chattanooga area as a beacon for community involvement and cultural awareness
Clinton
Green McAdoo Cultural Center
The Green McAdoo School in Clinton, Tennessee, was the community’s segregated elementary school for African American children until 1965.
Franklin
Mclemore House Museum
The McLemore House is a property in Franklin, Tennessee that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is also known as the Harvey McLemore House, as it was the home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who became a successful farmer.
Knoxville
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Beck is an old house with modern additions on the back. It houses an extensive archive of local black history. In the house are fantastic photos of the desegregation struggle and other memorabilia.
Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a museum located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 926 East McLemore Avenue, the former location of Stax Records. It is operated by Soulsville USA, which also operates the adjacent Stax Music Academy.
Withers Collection Museum and Gallery
The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery houses and displays the collection of photographs taken by Ernest C. Withers, a prolific photojournalist who captured Memphis history for over 60 years
TEXAS
Dallas
African American Museum Dallas
This museum houses documents and art relating to the African American experience. The museum’s permanent displays include African artifacts, folk art, furniture and decorative pieces.
Denton
African American Museum in the Historic Quakertown House
Denton County African American Museum was once part of an African American neighborhood known as Quakertown, a small community located close to the central business district of Denton. Quakertown, named in honor of the abolitionist Quakers who helped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad
Lubbock
Caviel Museum of African American History
Alfred and Billie Caviel were the first African-American husband and wife in the United States to own and operate their own pharmacy, in the eastside “Flats” neighborhood of Lubbock, Texas.
Houston
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum preserves and promotes the history and traditions of African Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces, including the Buffalo Soldiers.
The Houston Museum of African American Culture
The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations.
Austin
George Washington Carver Museum
The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of historical and cultural materials reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African descent living in Austin, Travis County, and in the United States

UTAH
Utah African American History Museum (coming soon)
VERMONT
Ferrisburgh
Rokeby Museum
A major exhibit — Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont — brings the Underground Railroad vividly to life. Focused on Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter here in the 1830s, the exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.
VIRGINIA
Alexandria
Alexandria Black History Museum
The mission of the Black History Museum is to enrich the lives of Alexandria’s residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.
Arlington
Black Heritage Museum
The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, to acquire, preserve, catalogue and display historic items relevant to the black history of Arlington County and Northern Virginia; to develop and establish in Arlington County an institution dedicated to the exposition of African American experiences, leading to, and proceeding from the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Richmond
Black History Museum & Cultural Center
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia preserves and honors Virginia’s African American history and culture.
Lynchburg
Legacy Museum-African American
The Legacy Museum of African American History displays exhibits on African American heritage. We are dedicated to collecting, preserving and storing historical artifacts, documents and memorabilia relating to significant contributions of the African American Community in Lynchburg and environs.
The Plains
Afro-American Historical Association Of Fauquier County
AAHA is an organization designed for the purpose of teaching a complete and accurate history of the United States by including the influences of African Americans, Native Americans of both North and South America, and European Americans.
Roanoke
Harrison Museum Of African-American Culture
Harrison Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC). We are an educational and cultural institution committed to promoting, showcasing, and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors.
WASHINGTON
Seattle
Northwest African American Museum
Celebrate black history, art, and culture at NAAM. Enjoy our new exhibitions, special events, and learn more about YOURSELF in our genealogy center! Discover fun facts about the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.
The James and Jane Washington Cultural Center
James and Janie Washington established a home and studio in a craftsman bungalow in Seattle’s Central District at 1816 26th Avenue. The City of Seattle designated the home as an historic landmark in 1992.
Black Diamond
Black Diamond Historical Society
The mission of the Black Diamond Historical Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Black Diamond and environs, as it relates to King County and the State of Washington.
Washington D.C
African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
The mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to correct a great wrong in history that largely ignored the enormous contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops. It tells the stories and preserves for posterity the historic roles these brave men of African, European, and Hispanic descent played in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.
West Virginia
none
WISCONSIN
Milwaukee
Wisconsin Black Historical Society
The mission of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum is to document and preserve the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects and disseminates materials depicting this heritage
Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum
ABHM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing.
WYOMING
none found
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