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Museum of African American History

46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114-4005
+1 617-725-0022
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Important history

Small but important site of some pretty amazing history. The building is beautifully restored and... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
Good Tour

We started with the African American Heritage Tour which ended at this Museum. The tour was great... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Reginald R
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46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114-4005
Beacon Hill
+1 617-725-0022
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Small but important site of some pretty amazing history. The building is beautifully restored and the tours while short are very informative.

Thank mpcsb
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We started with the African American Heritage Tour which ended at this Museum. The tour was great and the museum had some significant information on Frederick Douglas. I have visited his homesite in Washington and this Museum had a slightly different view point with the...More

Thank Reginald R
Reviewed 4 July 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 10 June 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 23 May 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 24 April 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

1  Thank AlnAbroad
Reviewed 13 April 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 29 December 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 24 October 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 22 October 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
Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to
soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll
down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your
walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander
through the hilly neighborhood and check out its
exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon
street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and
widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking
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26 July 2017|
Response from Barra_123 | Reviewed this property |
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