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“Great visit with so much interesting history!”

Museum of African American History
Ranked #140 of 402 things to do in Boston
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I had a really great visit here. The staff were very friendly and there was so much interesting history to explore. I enjoyed the exhibits with video, art, and displays. There was a lot to view and absorb. I would like to return when I could participate in a program or tour.

1  Thank lebleen
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

The museum's current exhibit profiled the Negro Baseball League. It was awesome to see the many pictures, news articles and other paraphernalia from the period. The Meeting House, which was one of the first churches built by and for African Americans in the U.S. in 1806 is also part of the tour The information provided about the Meeting House from our tour guide was excellent. This museum should have a higher rating. It was excellent!

3  Thank savedbygrace1963
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Although it is not promoted to the ordinary tourist if you visit Beacon Hill just follow the signs. It's a bit tucked away but when you get there you will get a warm welcome. It is good value compared to other attractions and you learn alot.
The temporary exhibition was very interesting and the staff helpful.

1  Thank maddy h
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

Take your kids. This is well worth a visit. I would say it is eye-opening to see how the existence of slavery was ignored for years even after the American nation was freed from Great Britain. This museum will remind you of a sad chapter in American history.

4  Thank WestwoodTrekker
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Reviewed May 27, 2006

The museum is housed in a three-story building that was the first public school for the children of freed slaves.

We were there before Memorial Day. After Memorial Day the pace quickens with tours of notable landmarks in a now gentrified area. We were offered map of the area pointing out such features as we were leaving. We were too dumb to ask before. :-) I didn't find the many movie posters of early African-American films of notable interest. There was a sizable lecture room on the third floor that had been utilized for school tours and may be available with lecturers during the summer and perhaps early fall.

I offered that this museum hardly matched the magnificence of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. That was something of a surreal experience with a most impressive genial and knowledgeable African-American as a tour guide.

Odd that.

Stillt there was wonderful symbolism of a kind in the Virginia museum a memorial to defeat and the African-American Museum a tribute to glorious triumph and yet a work in progress.

I cannot really do justice to the museum without visiting during the period of guided tours but it might be a treasured visit by tourists.

6  Thank terryhallinan
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