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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St., Seventh, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-574-0380
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Ranked #158 of 275 attractions in Philadelphia
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S. history, with a focus on the history and experience of slavery and captivity,... more » Owner description: The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S. history, with a focus on the history and experience of slavery and captivity, as well as the development of Black culture. « less
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Macon, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

I really wanted to see this museum. This was my second trip to Philadelphia. The first time the museum was closed. The museum is great for children especially the second floor. The presentations are great. Great experience

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USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

It is a nice concept but with very poor execution. There are some nice things for kids but very little for adults. It is much too expensive. I love museums, just not this one. On the top two floors, it was painfully hot. I went in the middle of Winter. It was so hot that I am surprised the art... More

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Went to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, which covers several acres in the Convention Center. If you are into gardening and flowers, it's the place to be. This is a three ring circus covering everything from gardening tools, gardening tips, landscape art, flower bulbs, and jewelry for sale. There are also judged flower arrangements, garden scrapes and collages. This is... More

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It was good but expected a lot better especially sicne adult tickets are little pricey. they do a good job but could be and should be better in a city with a very large black population. a lot of the history is told through audios which was often too long. the panels used to tell a particular story were very... More

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Middletown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We went to this museum with our kids and were very impressed at how interactive it was. The stories were told, which was awesome for the kids, who we didn't have to spend the entire time reading descriptions to. They especially loved the display with actors in character describing their experiences as african americans in early Philadelphia. We walked through... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is such an important part of the American story, so it's sad that it's not being better told. The ground floor covers slavery and emancipation - history doesn't get much more interesting and dramatic than this, but the way it's set up makes it almost impossible to appreciate. The space throws together a lot of text on panels, and... More

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We had greats expectations...but very poor museum. BAD. BAD. BAD. Rent "Roots" DVD you will learn more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

What a great museum. Sooo much history! Unique displays and presentations. Really enjoyed the life like videos of characters on the second floor. Great place for school field trips and or a family experience. I highly recommend this museum. Lots to see and learn.

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went there mainly to see the Supreme gowns. The gowns were great but I expected to learn more on the Supremes. What disappointed me was the rest of the museum. Not much to see, not that much to learn. I guess they have low budget. It costed 48$ for two adults, one teen and one kid. It was not... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

When we saw the African American Museum as we were taking a bus tour through the city we decided to add it to our agenda. We walked back to check it out, I was very excited to see what exhibits would be there other than the Supremes which was the featured exhibit. The cost was 14.00 and we were told... More

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