The Maryland African American History Museum, also known as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, is the premier educational destination for your student group to learn the history of the African American people, their struggles and triumphs, and much more. Learn about slavery, the Civil Rights movement, the evolution of people's voice and identity through art and literature, and explore the heritage of the African American people through family, community, and faith.
Over three main permanent galleries you'll find the central exhibitions exploring identity through art, historical stories linking the past and present, and tales about how African Americans helped build Maryland during pre-Civil War slave years. You will feel as if you've traveled, experience the heartache of the early slaves as they were torn from their families and homes, and their eventual victory and triumph during the Emancipation and later in the Civil Rights movement. Discover how families kept strong and vigilant, why community means so much, and delve into the touching beauty of strength and voice in artistic works throughout the years.
The museum also features a number of special exhibitions to create an even more well-rounded learning experience. You may find exhibits on specific African American artists, writers, celebrities, or leaders who have impacted the world such as Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, Jr. Discover the soul of Harlem's dance theatre, see new art by local high school students, photography capturing the Civil Rights movement, and much more.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Group tours are offered for schools who wish a more in depth learning experience and are docent-led. You can also stop by the museum cafe for lunch and keep touring all day!