Visit Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first and the oldest museum totally dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of Africans and Americans of African heritage. Founded in 1961, this museum was developed to preserve and illuminate the accomplishments and culture of Africans and African Americans. With more than 15,000 pieces including paintings, sculpture, print works and more, the DuSable Museum also features workshops, special exhibits and lectures throughout the year.
Permanent exhibits at this spectacular museum are: “A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,” “Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures: Masterpieces from the DuSable Museum Collection,” “Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces” and “Africa Speaks.”
Planning Your Trip
Conveniently situated on the corner of 57th and Cottage Grove in Washington Park at 740 East 56th Place, the DuSable Museum is easy to access. It is located near the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90) on the west and Lake Shore Drive on the east. Also, the museum is close to the CTA Red Line, Green Line and several bus routes. While closed most holidays, the DuSable Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. If you need lodging while visiting the museum, you can book your hotel at ChicagoHotels.org online. You can book a hotel room in The Loop, from there, it’s not too far to the museum.
The DuSable Museum has many resident exhibits and is anticipating many upcoming ones over the next few years, such as: “Sixteen Pieces” which includes paintings and artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, the United States and the United Kingdom that represent Yoruba Diaspora. Also, you can look forward to seeing “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight,” which is a collection based on the book of the same title by Von Hardesty, the National Air and Space Museum curator. It will highlight important events and African Americans in aviation and aerospace history. Plus, you can experience “Charles Smith: Homecoming” which will invite you to discover the works of Dr. Smith and the richness of folk art in the Midwest. You can also look forward to seeing “EVERYWHERE with Roy Lewis” which displays photographs that capture the spirit of African Americans over the past five decades. And, “Reflections” will also be on hand for your viewing pleasure. It is a documentary-style photography series of black and white pictures that addresses the fundamental realities of 20th Century life and forward.