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Museum of African American History

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46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114-4005
+1 617-725-0022
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Not impressive at all

Very disappointed with this "museum". All it had was a bunch of words on boards about Frederick... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2017
John S
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Louisiana
An Active African America site then and now!

Learn about the vibrant and active African American community that is a forgotten part of our... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2017
Acrosstheshiningsea
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Seattle/Boulder
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46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114-4005
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

Very disappointed with this "museum". All it had was a bunch of words on boards about Frederick Douglas. It wasn't a museum at all. I've seen the African American Museum in TN as well as the exhibits at the WWII Museum in New Orleans, and...More

Thank John S
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

Learn about the vibrant and active African American community that is a forgotten part of our history (outside of Boston). The National Park service provides the knowledgeable guides and there is a Frederick Douglass museum upstairs in the former school. Learn how this community was...More

Thank Acrosstheshiningsea
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

I went to this museum, got a guided tour and I had a look around. To be honest, I expected the place to be huge but it's not but nonetheless it was great to learn about the history of African Americans from previous generations gone...More

Thank Muyenga91
Reviewed April 23, 2017

We started out our day at this small museum before heading out on the Freedom Trail, and we're glad we did since it showed a side of Boston's history that we didn't see on the Freedom Trail. Currently it focuses on Frederick Douglass and photography,...More

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Reviewed April 13, 2017

I visited the Museum of African American History on a wet and dreary day in March and received a warm welcome. I started by checking out their current exhibition, which is on Frederick Douglas, an amazing anti-slavery activist who was bought his own freedom after...More

Thank Barra_123
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Make sure you go here before you start the African American heritage trail - they give you a free map with all of the information for the walk. The heritage trail itself has very little information displayed (unlike the Freedom Trail) because, apparently, the properties...More

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed October 24, 2016

They currently are focusing on Frederick Douglas and the display is absolutely amazing. Make sure to check out the gift shop, schoolhouse next door, and the old hall upstairs. The ranger presentation was very informative! Definitely work a stop on the Black Heritage Trail!

Thank romob218
Reviewed October 22, 2016

You have to search this place out. It does not have a permanent collection, but displays temporary exhibitions. The current one on Frederick Douglass is very interesting. You also get a tour with a Park Ranger of the Meetinghouse next door. The suggested donation of...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed October 10, 2016

There are two floors and the exhibits are on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglas. We found it very informative but I would have liked to learn more about other men and women who contributed to racial equality and justice in Boston. The park...More

Thank Cafegirl1
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I would be hesitant to pay the $20 Suggested donation for this museum. The gift shop is just as big as the museum itself, it only have detailed information on frederick Douglass which although is well presented is not enough information on the broader topic...More

Thank jackmoore93
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It was a rainy day when I visited the Museum of African American History in Boston but I think I still could have enjoyed about an hour and a half, to two hours there. There was a really interesting exhibition on in the old... More
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