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Reginald F. Lewis Museum

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Address: 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
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10:00 - 17:00
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A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is Maryland's largest African American...

A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is Maryland's largest African American museum. Besides rotating exhibitions, enjoy live musical performances from gospel jazz to steel drums. Films in our theater have enriched audiences on the history of soul food, civil rights, and more. For families, programs like art workshops and living history bring our mission to life. Lectures and our resource center enrich what you'll find in our permanent collection. We also nourish the body with the best soul food in Baltimore at our museum cafe. Visit our website for a full calendar of events.

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Relevant themes, great special exhibit, more hands on needed

Maryland has a lot of African-American history and museums, so perhaps the push behind this museum was important but highly political. Everything on the third floor's exhibit is... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Maryland has a lot of African-American history and museums, so perhaps the push behind this museum was important but highly political. Everything on the third floor's exhibit is covered in terms of the timeline but nothing in great detail - perhaps for fear of stepping on another museum's toes? For kids hands-on is really important and there is some of... More 

Thank Pannipannini
Owings, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to learn more about Black history and the struggle. Local TV station was doing a piece on Tuskegee Airman present. Easy to get to via public transportation, or nearby garage parking.

Thank Mobilmima
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Took my 9 year old and his friend. A lot to take in. The third floor is like a maze and I quickly lost track of them. the staff was very helpful and informative. I found the boys outside the display that had a small sign asking guardians to screen it before allowing children in. Of course they had already... More 

Thank mdgipsy
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6 reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This museum was small but it had a lot of interesting facts and history about African Americans in Baltimore Harbor area. The staff was friendly. The exhibits were very informative.

Thank amber a
New York, NY
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Did not nearly get the publicity it deserves. Truly extensive collection that details African American history (especially in Maryland) but ties it to national events of course. A must-see.

Thank esl2008
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A very nicely done museum of black history in America. As a white guy, I learned a lot that I was never taught in school... It was fascinating, and certainly disturbing in many ways, but well done, with good depth if you have the time to go deep in certain areas. So while you can "do" it in 1-2 hours,... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This phenomenal place is a hidden jewel, in Baltimore... right on Pratt Street, this museum encompasses far more than Maryland history and culture-- it stands as a testament to all individuals of color. there's so much to see and do, encapsulated within a community focus, that it should be a place where we as a world community gather and reflect... More 

Thank DrTorres_12
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

this was an unplanned visit. we had walked by the area and learned of this exceptional museum. I learned so much about African American history in Baltimore/Maryland and the nation in general. The profound and devastating effects of slavery and the resilience and beauty of African Americans. The exhibits in the museum were colorful and beautiful and it was easy... More 

Thank cyncynx11
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

Reginald Lewis is outstanding, not just for its telling of African American experience, but of setting it so well in Maryland. Displays rotate regularly, so count on returning a couple of times a year. You will understand America much better after a visit here.

Thank Adrian B
Philadelphia, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very good location, in walking distance of inner harbor. Not a bad price for entry. Really interesting exhibits as well as they had a performance art event when we toured.

1 Thank Florence B
Lewis_Museum, Public Relations Manager at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your 4-star review. We are glad that you found the exhibits engaging. We hope to welcome you back soon! More 

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