Museum of African American History
46 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02114
About the Museum of African American History:
We understand the importance of filling in the missing pages of American history. Here, you will be connected to amazing and authentic representations of life in the 18th and 19th centuries, in the place where a free Black community changed the course of American history.
As New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans, we invite you to explore the historic sites in our Boston and Nantucket locations, along with The Museum’s Black Heritage Trails®.
Exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.
Mission and history:
Our mission is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them, in their quest for freedom and justice.
Through our historic buildings, collections, and programs, the Museum expands cultural understanding and promotes dignity and respect for all.
The Museum is a not-for-profit history institution that began holding exhibitions and public gatherings in 1963, and is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket, including two African Meeting Houses Abiel Smith School, Seneca Boston- Florence Higginbotham House, Black Heritage Trails®.
Current exhibits include:
* Selections from the Collection-- The Museum of African American History holds a collection of over 3,000 items accrued over fifty years. Selections from the Collection features samples of our historical artifacts and art collection providing a lens unique to the narrative of African-descended people, places and events in America.
* Jazz Scene in Boston: Telling the Local Story-- Jazz, America’s own music, has always had a home in Boston. But the city gained its place of prominence on the national jazz map in the 1950s, and continues to hold that place today.