African-American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-0380 • ext. 229 Groups

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Opened in 1976 as the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, this is the first major museum in the country devoted specifically to African-American history and traditions.

Focusing primarily on 20th century African-American contributions to Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley, the Museum's collections include some 450,000 items divided into several major categories.

  • Fine Arts include prints, paintings, sculpture, and works such as Romare Bearden's tapestry Captivity and Renaissance.
  • The Photography Collection includes many photos made by Jack T. Franklin and other masters.
  • The Archives contain an enormous amount of material, but are especially strong in objects representing African Americans and the performing arts, sports, Philadelphia, and the military.

The Museum presents a wonderful array of changing exhibits, drawing mostly from its collections and featuring the best in African-American art. Past shows have featured the works of artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Palmer Hayden.As well as first class exhibitions, the Museum sponsors a variety of family events, workshops, films, tours, symposiums, and concerts relating to African-American culture and history. The Jazz Live concert series has hosted some of the world's greatest musicians, including Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Sun Ra and his Arkestra, and many others. Call for a current calendar.Groups are welcome, as are individuals and families. Guided Tours and other activities are available for School Groups of all grade levels. Teachers should call to discuss their particular needs.

Hours: Open Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and on special occasions. Call to confirm before visiting.
Adults $14.00
Seniors $10.00
Children under 12 $10.00
Children 4 and under FREE
Call for Group rates.
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: Located at 7th and Arch Sts.

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