Museum of African American History

Museum of African American History

46 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108

Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

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The Museum of Afro-American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.

Exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.

In Boston, the African Meeting House is the oldest African Meetinghouse in America, and the adjacent Abiel Smith School is the first building in the nation constructed for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. Today, the Abiel Smith School galleries feature rotating exhibits and a Museum Store open year around.

Self-guided walking tour map and guide available. Guided walking tours are offered daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and other times by special request. The 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Black Heritage Trail® connects the 14 sites.


10AM to 4PM,
Monday through Saturday.
Closed: Thanksgiving, December 25, and
January 1.

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