African American Museums

Culture and History Museums

In keeping with the mission of My Roots Foundation of honoring our ancestors we present the following release detailing African American Museums in America. These museums often display historical artifacts dedicated to cultural preservation and to telling the stories of African American contributions.

Museum tours can be great ways of learning about the accomplishments of our forefathers. Recently we have had many inquiries specifically about how to honor and learn more about ancestors of African American heritage. Hopefully this listing of museums will help you on your journey.

Visiting a museum is a great way to get a hands-on feel for African American history. The College Museum in Hampton, Virginia, established in 1868 was the first such museum in America. Prior to 1950, African-American culture and history learning centers were primarily located at historically black colleges (HBCs) and universities or at libraries that had significant African-American culture and history collections. Today such centers are all over the country.

Find a Museum near you or click on the links to explore their website!

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoIllinois
African American Civil War Memorial MuseumWashingtonD.C.
African American Firefighter MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia
African American Multicultural MuseumScottsdaleArizona
African American Museum of DallasDallasTexas
African American Museum and Library at OaklandOaklandCalifornia
African American Museum in Cleveland, TheClevelandOhio
African American Museum in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
African American Museum of IowaCedar RapidsIowa
African American Museum of Nassau CountyHempsteadNew York
African American Museum of the ArtsDeLandFlorida
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum CityNew
Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and MuseumHuntsvilleAlabama
Alexandria Black History MuseumAlexandriaVirginia
America’s Black Holocaust MuseumMilwaukeeWisconsin
Anacostia MuseumWashingtonD.C.
Anne Spencer House and Garden MuseumLynchburgVirginia
Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire MuseumBaltimoreMaryland
August Wilson Center for African American CulturePittsburghPennsylvania
Baton Rouge African American MuseumBaton RougeLouisiana
Banneker-Douglass MuseumAnnapolisMaryland
Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteBirminghamAlabama
Black American West Museum & Heritage CenterDenverColorado
Black History 101 Mobile MuseumDetroitMichigan
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VirginiaRichmondVirginia
Bontemps African American MuseumAlexandriaLouisiana
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic SiteTopekaKansas
California African American MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryDetroitMichigan
Clemson Area African American MuseumClemsonSouth Carolina
Creole Heritage Folk Life CenterOpelousasLouisiana
Crispus Attucks MuseumIndianapolisIndiana
Delta Cultural CenterHelenaArkansas
Dorchester Academy and MuseumMidwayGeorgia
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History MuseumSt. PetersburgFlorida
DuSable Museum of African American HistoryChicagoIllinois
Frederick Douglass National Historic SiteWashingtonD.C.
George Washington Carver Museum, TheTuskegeeAlabama
George Washington Carver MuseumPhoenixArizona
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural CenterAustinTexas
Great Blacks in Wax MuseumBaltimoreMaryland
Great Plains Black History MuseumOmahaNebraska
Harvey B. Gantt CenterCharlotteNorth Carolina
Idaho Black History MuseumBoiseIdaho
International Civil Rights Center and MuseumGreensboroNorth Carolina
Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at Lexington History CenterLexingtonKentucky
John E. Rogers African American Cultural CenterHartfordConnecticut
John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and CultureTallahasseeFlorida
Kansas African-American MuseumWichitaKansas
L.E. Coleman African-American MuseumHalifax CountyVirginia
LaVilla MuseumJacksonvilleFlorida
Legacy Museum of African American HistoryLynchburgVirginia
Louisiana African American Heritage Trail Louisiana
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site Visitors CenterAtlantaGeorgia
Mary McLeod Bethune HomeDaytona BeachFlorida
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic SiteWashingtonD.C.
Mayme A. Clayton Library and MuseumCulver CityCalifornia
Minnesota African American History Museum and Cultural CenterMinneapolisMinnesota
Mississippi Civil Rights MuseumJacksonMississippi
Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterLittle RockArkansas
Muhammad Ali CenterLouisvilleKentucky
Museum of African American History & Abiel Smith SchoolBostonMassachusetts
Museum of the African DiasporaSan FranciscoCalifornia
National African American Archives and MuseumMobileAlabama
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural CenterWilberforceOhio
National Center for Civil and Human RightsAtlantaGeorgia
National Center of Afro-American ArtistsRoxburyMassachusetts
National Civil Rights MuseumMemphisTennessee
National Museum of African American History and CultureWashingtonD.C.
National Museum of African American MusicNashvilleTennessee
National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterCincinnatiOhio
National Voting Rights MuseumSelmaAlabama
Negro Leagues Baseball MuseumKansas CityMissouri
New Orleans African American MuseumNew OrleansLouisiana
Nicodemus National Historic SiteNicodemusKansas
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage MuseumMonroeLouisiana
Northwest African American MuseumSeattleWashington
Old Dillard MuseumFt. LauderdaleFlorida
Oran Z’s Black Facts and Wax MuseumLos AngelesCalifornia
Paul R. Jones Collection of African American ArtNewarkDelaware
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & CultureBaltimoreMaryland
River Road African American MuseumDonaldsonvilleLouisiana
Slave Mart MuseumCharlestonSouth Carolina
Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural CenterJacksonMississippi
St. Rita’s Black History MuseumNew Smyrna BeachFlorida
Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and MuseumTallahasseeFlorida
Tangipahoa African American Heritage MuseumHammondLouisiana
Tubman African American MuseumMaconGeorgia
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic SiteTuskegeeAlabama
Weeksville Heritage CenterBrooklynNew York
Wells’ Built MuseumOrlandoFlorida


For more tools see Alonzo’s guide for African American research at



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