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African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa

55 12th Av. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
319-862-2101
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Ranked #7 of 22 attractions in Cedar Rapids
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 5, 2014
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a gem of a small museum. With kids I would plan for about an hour, longer as they get older. They have great interactive exhibits to help kids and adults engage in a very personal way. I especially enjoy the ties to Iowa.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I had a friend visiting from out of town, and we decided at the last minute to drop in after we saw the sign on the highway. I've lived here for several years and never stopped in - it's a real gem! The Czech museum gets much more publicity, but my husband and I thought the African American museum was... More

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Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

The exhibits are really thoughtful and professionally done. The main permanent exhibit might involve too much reading for kids, but was really interesting to us, and there was a lot we didn't know (for example, they were doing lunch-counter sit-ins in Iowa in 1948!). Some of the first-hand stories of Iowan African-Americans on the laminated cards are really gripping. The... More

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Lebanon, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I didn't know what to expect when I stopped here, but I was impressed with the quality of the museum exhibits and the knowledgable staff. There was a good mix of visual and written documents to look at, as well as hands-on exhibits. It's not as large or well-funded as the Czech museum across the river, but it is a... More

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Coralville
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I was impressed with the wide variety of exhibits and artifacts in this museum. There are wonderful murals too that make you feel as if you are standing right in the African village and that the people there could step out to meet you at any moment. Great hands-on exhibits for adults and children with a chance to play African... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Great addition to Iowa. Highly recommend. The shows are sent around the state. The permanent collection is not yet large or deep,yet the curating is well done and most of the short mountings have been excellent.

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Marion, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I visited the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids the other day and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit related to the trials and tribulations experienced by African Americans in Iowa. As a history buff, I Iearned a great deal that I didn't previously know. I highly recommend this museum not only for student groups but for adults who want... More

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Seattle, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Great exhibit, local lore of the African American culture. A wonderful wall photo of President Obama and his podium he used while on his first bid to the presidency in Iowa. Great film showing evolution of integration.

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

I had pasted by this location many times when using the Cedar River Trail. Don't hesitate to stop in and enjoy the offering here at the African American Museum. The facility has come back even stronger after the flood of 2008 and more people should take the time to learn about diverse heritages in Cedar Rapids.

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