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African American Museum
701 Arch Street
Franklin Square
Philadelphia, Pa 19106
Cross Street: 7th Street
215.574.0380
Hours of Operation
Closed: Monday Open: Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Open Dr. Martin Luther King Day with related programs. The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 8th in observance of the Easter holiday.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is home to an amazing collection of objects and illustrations that chronicle and dramatically unfold the incredible story of the black Diaspora. A massive assortment of art, artifacts, period clothing, furniture, military weapons, industrial tools, musical instruments, photographs, diaries, documents, records, books, journals, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, fiber and mixed-media works comprise our captivating collection.

The museum collects and preserves rare, unique and primary materials that document the history, literature, politics, and culture of peoples of African descent in Philadelphia and throughout the Americas, primarily in the twentieth century. Holdings include photographs, personal and family papers; records of organizations and institutions; subject or thematic collections; broadsides; programs and playbills; music; and books. Our collection showcases the Philadelphia story and beyond, civil rights organizations and activities, Negro baseball league memorabilia and the performing and visual arts.

Requests for reproduction of the objects or images from the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Collection must be made in writing.  If the request is accepted, a contract will be sent to the requestor stating the terms of usage and any associated fees.

Permission to publish or quote from unpublished manuscripts or from published items under copyright, must first be obtained from the copyright holder. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure that permission. In many instances, contact information can be provided for copyright holders or donors. Additionally, permission to quote from manuscripts must be obtained.

Requests should be sent to Collections@aampmuseum.org or The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Collections Department, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

  • Group Tours: We offer age-appropriate tours for adult groups, school groups and pre-school groups. Led by experienced museum docents, guided visits are designed to introduce participants to the exhibitions on view in our four galleries. Tours can also be scheduled for the general public and be tailored to satisfy special interests and needs.

    For reservations call (215) 574-0380, ext. 229. Click here for information about AAMP workshops available to tour groups.

    Education Programs: Education programs at the African American Museum in Philadelphia focus on arts, culture and heritage education. They serve the needs and interests of students, educators, artists, historians, scholars, community organizations and the general public.

    Visit Today:The museum is located in the City's historic district, right on the corner of 7th and Arch Streets. We are one block from the National Constitution Center and Independence National Historic Park, three blocks from the Liberty Bell and a short walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    The Collections: The museum collects and preserves rare, unique and primary materials that document the history, literature, politics, and culture of peoples of African descent in Philadelphia and throughout the Americas, primarily in the twentieth century. Holdings include photographs, personal and family papers; records of organizations and institutions; subject or thematic collections; broadsides; programs and playbills; music; and books. Our collection showcases the Philadelphia story and beyond, civil rights organizations and activities, Negro baseball league memorabilia and the performing and visual arts.

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