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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

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Address: 701 Arch St., Seventh, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504
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12:00 - 17:00
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The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S....

The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S. history, with a focus on the history and experience of slavery and captivity, as well as the development of Black culture.

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This was my second visit, the first time was in the early 90"s. We latched onto a group from NY that had a tour guide, the guide was full of information about the history of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second visit, the first time was in the early 90"s. We latched onto a group from NY that had a tour guide, the guide was full of information about the history of Philadelphia's African Americans. The museum is small, but has quality displays. Not a lot of exhibits, but enough to hold your interest. Recommend it for... More 

Thank DK-RICE718
Independence, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this museum and was impressed with the history of the African American experience. I would recommend this site when visiting Philadelphia

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Woefully empty. Being a relatively new resident to Philly, and learning that the African American Museum here was the first in the nation – I had exceptionally high hopes! Unfortunately the museum fell flat. There is an engaging exhibit on the first floor and second floor, but the rest is rather empty. There was a photography exhibit, on the top... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The exhibits documented in this museum are so important for everyone to experience. It's a great piece of American history, relevant to Philadelphia, the state that has seen so many monumental occurrences. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Akida J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

we visited the museum for a reception and photograph display...good crowd milling around...good music playing from the top level....photos of harlem in the 60's and 70's....grand colorful photos of faces, movements, and life....great space...cool atmosphere.....and richard watson still there...overseeing it all!...that makes it special.

Thank phillyborn114
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This will help the person that wishes to enjoy what it is to be or how a group of people navigate the world ..!!!! this educational experience will uplift and give a new feeling of the humans that have had a great deal of misunderstanding...... it is fun and worth your trip Thomas Paul I give this FIVE 5STARS!!!!!!!

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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. I recommend putting this site on your itinerary! There were interactive videos, which revealed the political positions and contributions of key figures in Philadelphia History. There was also a display of 2-D and 3-D art. You definitely want to visit!

Thank Ndukanachi
Prospect, Connecticut
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We expected a bigger museum that gave an overview of African American history. There were 4 floors. The bottom two were history related. However, the information provided was at times vague and limited to a few significant figures and in no great detail. The 2nd floor had interactive exhibits on 8-10 African American figures, but again, not enough detail. The... More 

Thank Joanna P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I did not read anything about this museum before going. I found the content to be very informative but the historic aspect seemed to stop at the end of the 19th century. I also enjoyed the art associated with Ntozake Shange's writings. Many of the exhibits on the ground floors are children friendly.

Thank crkoer
Bowie, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Went to Philly last weekend and was lucky enough to visit while the "For Colored Girls" 40th anniversary was being celebrated at the museum with a fantastic exhibit. I have a soft spot for the choreopoem since I participated in a production of it in college. The exhibit showcased "For Colored Girls" in unique, thoughtful and provocative ways and I... More 

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