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Address: 55 12th Av. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Phone Number: 319-862-2101
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Great little place to learn

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
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CEDAR RAPIDS
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CEDAR RAPIDS
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 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 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 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.

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Thank faithpark02
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

I stumbled across this museum while driving through Cedar Rapids. As you may have guessed, the museum chronicles the experience of Africans in their forced journey from the slave ships in African ports to Iowa. The museum then goes over the African-Iowan experience in certain industries and their efforts for equality into the 2000s. It also has a changing exhibit!... More 

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Thank John T
Marion, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Had my granddaughters with me and they really enjoyed the museum. The docent was very knowledgeable and the exhibits quite interesting. The gift shop has a lot of good books and items.

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Decorah, IA
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had stopped at the Newbo Market for lunch and were simply wandering around on a relatively warm January day, when we saw the museum. As neither of us are African American, we truly did not know what to expect. We were both pleasantly surprised by the amount of info and displays in the main hall. Many thought and emotion... More 

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3 Thank dr_reagan
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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28 reviews
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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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6 Thank Anne J
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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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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4 Thank Katie1211
Minnesota
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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2 Thank mn_daytrip
Lebanon, Illinois
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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