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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

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701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
URL: The African American Museum...  Phone: 215-574-0380

Activity Overview

Located in the heart of the historic district, the African American Museum in Philadelphia was one of the structures built as part of the city's bicentennial celebration and the first publicly funded museum in the country dedicated to African American heritage.

Focusing on such facets of life as sports, politics, entertainment and family life, the museum's four galleries have three overarching themes: The African Diaspora, The Philadelphia Story and The Contemporary Narrative which showcase the history, art, and culture of our African American citizens.

Things to Do

  • Young ones will appreciate the Children’s Corner, where they can learn about the daily lives of African American, Philadelphian children living from 1776 to 1876.
  • Sports enthusiasts will be interested in the memorabilia from the Negro Baseball League of olden days.
  • Music lovers can hear famous singer Pearl Bailey's recordings.
  • Visitors can inspect over 800 African objects that include such items as jewelry, footwear, weapons, tools and household goods.

The African American Museum Insider Tips

  • The museum offers many opportunities for tours, workshops, film screenings, and arts and crafts.
  • A calm, quiet atmosphere is expected at the museum so that visitors can reflect on the exhibits in peace.
  • The Gift Shop sells African American jewelry and prints, African textiles and much more.

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