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Museum of African American History

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Address: 46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114-4005
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+1 617-725-0022
10:00 - 16:00
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Make sure you go here before you start the African American heritage trail - they give you a free map with all of the information for the walk. The heritage trail itself has very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2016
Stephanie W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Make sure you go here before you start the African American heritage trail - they give you a free map with all of the information for the walk. The heritage trail itself has very little information displayed (unlike the Freedom Trail) because, apparently, the properties are privately owned and the owners don't want the plaques up - which I think... More 

Thank Stephanie W
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I visited the African American Museum yesterday. It was wonderful. However, I had obtained my tickets several months in advance. There are "walk in" tickets available. Apparently you have to get there early and there were lots of people in line. I first heard that they give out 100 tickets that way but there were many more people than that.... More 

Thank cellenc
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

They currently are focusing on Frederick Douglas and the display is absolutely amazing. Make sure to check out the gift shop, schoolhouse next door, and the old hall upstairs. The ranger presentation was very informative! Definitely work a stop on the Black Heritage Trail!

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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

You have to search this place out. It does not have a permanent collection, but displays temporary exhibitions. The current one on Frederick Douglass is very interesting. You also get a tour with a Park Ranger of the Meetinghouse next door. The suggested donation of $20 is way too high for what it is, but it is still an interesting... More 

Thank Mark S
Montebello, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

There are two floors and the exhibits are on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglas. We found it very informative but I would have liked to learn more about other men and women who contributed to racial equality and justice in Boston. The park ranger gave an outstanding presentation.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I would be hesitant to pay the $20 Suggested donation for this museum. The gift shop is just as big as the museum itself, it only have detailed information on frederick Douglass which although is well presented is not enough information on the broader topic at hand.

Thank jackmoore93
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This little Museum also houses the African American Meeting House where some of the most significant Abolitionists spoke. You can stand where history stood. The floor is original and over 250 years old as are many of the features. It is an honor to be in the place where the Abolition of Slavery was promoted and began. It is a... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We came across this museum on a rather dreary Boston day wandering through Beacon Hill. we were one of only few groups, thus, the Park Ranger was able to spend extra time with us. There is also a school where we learned from the Ranger a great deal of the local history involved with the buildings. Planning to go again... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Museum of African American History was a stop on the Freedom Trail 'way back when' when I was a graduate student at Harvard (taking a church history course at HDS).

Thank Maynard C
Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

A museum of African American history in Boston seems unnecessary, until you visit and learn how vital the city actually was to the Civil Rights Movement. Included with the tour of the old schoolhouse is the meeting house right next door, which is surprisingly intact and true to its original condition. The location on Beacon Hill is quite pleasant as... More 

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