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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.


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.


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!

Krystin Kimbrough

Friday, May 11, 2018
This museum really sucked. Not much here at all , maybe they'll add some things at a later date. I wouldn't waste your money ..for real, But they did have a restroom.

Kaye s

Sunday, May 13, 2018
First time there ,I thought it would have been more to see, and educate my children on . Most things there were about African American people out of Philadelphia, which was a shock, thought it would be about people all over

Jacky Jones

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Love this little museum packed with info however on the day we went part of the museum was closed!

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