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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800
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Ranked #59 of 316 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Baltimore’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast’s largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes.
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“Exceptional museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I went with a few friends and toured with a guide/docent. The stories and explanations really made the exhibits come alive. It was a moving and rewarding experience.

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Took a lot longer than I planned”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Based on the website, I knew this would be a good place to go. What I did not count on was wanting to read every single exhibit. There was a lot more written than actual "things" but all of it was good and interesting. You need to allow more than an hour for this museum. And plan to visit the gift shop also.

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Maryland - Home to Frederick Douglass, site of Alex Haley's Roots”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a beautiful museum and incorporates the very rich history of Maryland's African Americans to the nation's history. Everything is covered from the Eastern Shore to the Baltimore music scene of the 50s. The farming, fishing, urban education, church scene are all addressed. The "firsts" are handled with class and, there are rotating exhibits. One such exhibit focused on the Jews fleeing the holocaust who ended up teaching at historically Black colleges-including Einstein at Lincoln University--who knew? Reginald Lewis of Beatrice Foods is a Baltimore native, and he would have been proud of this contribution to the Baltimore "must see" list.

Visited August 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Multi media exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I really enjoyed the curators presentations of exhibits in this museum, that provided audio and visual interest and covered long periods of history in a well organized and interesting manner. Wandering through exhibits, it is easy to forget it is a floor of a building because the layout allows you to wander in and out of sections, designing your own tour. I would recommend this museum to anyone who is interested in history. It is a great family museum because it seems the exhibits are suited to all ages.

Visited July 2013
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Aberdeen, Maryland
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“Why did it take me so long to see this great museum?!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This year we included the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on the roster with the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art as excursions provided for participants in my college's PreCollege program. The exhibition "Ashe to Amen" organized by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond was of particular interest because Dr. King-Hammond will be giving a talk to these high-school students in a couple of weeks. So I wasn't really a family with teens, this was a school trip with me, a faculty member, and high-school juniors and seniors.

What at extraordinary place this is--and the exhibition was wonderful.

The building uses color, shape and form to express its identity and vision as a center of African American history, culture and genealogical research. Unlike many contemporary art museums, it manages to express this identity and individuality while simultaneously providing excellent, well lit and flexible spaces for installing art and other displays. The didactic panels and object labels for the show were very, very good--and I am perhaps hyper-critical of the way these key interpretive materials are done in most art museums.

The top floor is devoted to the state's African American history from the 1630s forward. In the end I was overwhelmed. There just is no way to read every panel, look at every art work, artifact, photograph and illustration in a single visit. It doesn't seem to me that any aspect of history or culture was omitted, and the information provided was important, complex, and fascinating--without being the least bit inaccessible to youngsters.And there are lots of videos and interactive exhibits--and plenty of places to sit down, talk, or just rest.

I and some of my students were the only white people there and I sincerely hope that visitors to Baltimore and area residents alike would not regard this a museum aimed only at black people. The tone of texts was never strident, never angry, generally matter0of-fact and conversational, sometimes amusing, often emotionally moving.

We had a wonderful couple of hours there; I would have been happy to stay longer. I am recommending a visit length of 1-2 hours, but I really think one needs at least a couple of hours to do the place justice.I had to dodge out and I didn't get a chance to visit the museum store but it looked interesting.

Visited July 2013
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