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Address: 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2202
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+1 319-862-2101
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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This is a small, local museum so you can't compare it to bigger museums. But it does a very good job of recording the history of African Americans in Iowa and other mid-west... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laura G
Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small, local museum so you can't compare it to bigger museums. But it does a very good job of recording the history of African Americans in Iowa and other mid-west states. It was only $5 to go in, and they have a really nice gift shop. I recommend it.

1 Thank Laura G
Cedar Rapids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Having never before stopped here, this was the third stop of my see Cedar Rapids Day today. I was impressed by the scope of the parking lot at first. Plenty of spots and many handicapped spots up front. You walk in. You are greeted by a delightful woman who answers your questions and directs you to either the museum itself... More 

1 Thank Daniel B
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Read about this place and was surprised that there was such a rich, vital history of African Americans in Iowa, which today has only about 2% African American population. Found it very educational and worthwhile for everyone. The staff were friendly and welcoming and eager to answer questions. So glad that they rebuilt after the flood.

Thank maapar
El Paso, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The museum is large, well put together, and provides a history of African Americans in Iowa before and after the Civil War, with some 21st century displays. Appropriate for children and adults.

Thank Sue S
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Fortunate to return just as the museum was hosting its Grand Re-Opening of its much-expanded and artistically presented exhibit hall and collection. Something for everone from Oral Histories from Iowas of African descent to exhibits you can participate in, no matter your age/size.

Thank DJ D
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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110 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is an extraordinary museum for the little known and underappreciated contributions of African American arrival and achievements to Iowa. The curators have done a wonderful job in the permanent display(re-done a couple of times since the museum had opened) and the temporary exhibits-sometimes in cooperation with other AA museums ) are usually well done and always of interest to... More 

Thank RMN123
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

A nice little museum that takes you on a walk through the history of African Americans in the US and particularly in the midwest.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2015

I took some visiting students here, and we enjoyed it so much. It was my first time visiting the museum, but I would definitely go back. The first thing that struck me was the water line in the museum...it was above my head. They came back and rebuilt, and it's inspiring to see the work that they've put in to... More 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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42 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Very interesting facts but it requires lots of reading. Kids would not enjoy this as there is very little hands on or interesting visual displays to draw their attention.

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Coralville, Iowa
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50 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

This is a very interesting museum. It is not super big but the entry fee is very reasonable and worth the trip to see this nice museum with interesting exhibits. Some of the exhibits are hands-on.

Thank faithpark02

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