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Address: 55 12th Av. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Phone Number: 319-862-2101
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Very interesting museum and educational.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Marion, Iowa
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It was like a real life stone age exhibit! Seeing their artifacts was akin to walking into a time machine and seeing how Ancient Man lived.

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Decorah, IA
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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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Minnesota
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 55 12th Av. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Phone Number: 319-862-2101
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Cedar Rapids

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