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Make Time to Visit Boston’s Museum of African American History
Known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket, Boston’s Museum of African American History celebrates the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists who changed the face of America.
The Museum, which began showcasing its first exhibitions and public events in 1963, is proud of its mission—“To preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans.”

New England’s largest museum committed to preserving and interpreting the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout history, the Museum of African American History is definitely worth your time.

Plan Your Trip

Located at 46 Joy Street, on the corner of Smith Court, on Boston’s Beacon Hill, the Museum is quite accessible. If traveling by car, coming from Storrow Drive, take Government Center exit onto Cambridge Street and continue about ½ mile to Joy Street. You’ll see the Museum on the right.
The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. If you’re coming in from out of town and need a place to stay, book your hotel at Boston Hotels online. If you need a car in Boston, you can find the best rental deals at Cheap Car Rental
The Collection

Boston’s Museum of African American History prides itself on its exhibits, programs and educational activities—all showcasing the important and moving stories of how African American families lived, worked, worshipped, educated their children, produced exciting art and organized political efforts for freedom’s sake.
Some of the most endearing exhibits at this Museum include: “Treasures from the Collections,” which offers a glance into the fascinating African American lifestyle in early New England; and “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls,” that chronicles the escape of Mr. Smalls and his family along with three other enslaved men and their families.”
The Museum also features special events such as: “Harriet Tubman,” which featured historian and author Lois Horton talking about her upcoming book that depicts the life of the Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman; and “Black Dolls on Parade,” that showcased beautiful dolls from members of the Black Gold Doll Club.
Guests of the Museum also enjoy touring the historic sites on the Black Heritage Trail, which concludes at The African Meeting House that is a national historic landmark. It was built in 1806 and is the oldest extant black church building in the U.S. that was constructed by free African American craftsmen. Put this Museum on your “list to do.” You won’t be sorry.