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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

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Address: 701 Arch St., Seventh, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504
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+1 215-574-0380
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S....

The museum covers the roots of African-Americans and their role in U.S. history, with a focus on the history and experience of slavery and captivity, as well as the development of Black culture.

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we visited the museum for a reception and photograph display...good crowd milling around...good music playing from the top level....photos of harlem in the 60's and 70's....grand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits documented in this museum are so important for everyone to experience. It's a great piece of American history, relevant to Philadelphia, the state that has seen so many monumental occurrences. Definitely worth a visit!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

we visited the museum for a reception and photograph display...good crowd milling around...good music playing from the top level....photos of harlem in the 60's and 70's....grand colorful photos of faces, movements, and life....great space...cool atmosphere.....and richard watson still there...overseeing it all!...that makes it special.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This will help the person that wishes to enjoy what it is to be or how a group of people navigate the world ..!!!! this educational experience will uplift and give a new feeling of the humans that have had a great deal of misunderstanding...... it is fun and worth your trip Thomas Paul I give this FIVE 5STARS!!!!!!!

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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. I recommend putting this site on your itinerary! There were interactive videos, which revealed the political positions and contributions of key figures in Philadelphia History. There was also a display of 2-D and 3-D art. You definitely want to visit!

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Prospect, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We expected a bigger museum that gave an overview of African American history. There were 4 floors. The bottom two were history related. However, the information provided was at times vague and limited to a few significant figures and in no great detail. The 2nd floor had interactive exhibits on 8-10 African American figures, but again, not enough detail. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I did not read anything about this museum before going. I found the content to be very informative but the historic aspect seemed to stop at the end of the 19th century. I also enjoyed the art associated with Ntozake Shange's writings. Many of the exhibits on the ground floors are children friendly.

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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Went to Philly last weekend and was lucky enough to visit while the "For Colored Girls" 40th anniversary was being celebrated at the museum with a fantastic exhibit. I have a soft spot for the choreopoem since I participated in a production of it in college. The exhibit showcased "For Colored Girls" in unique, thoughtful and provocative ways and I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The ground floor has a worthy presentation of the accomplishments of notable African Americans in the city. It takes some time to sit and absorb the exhibit and it is worth it. The next level has notable persons who were instrumental in a variety of ways in the formation of the city. Again, worth the time and the learning. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I was very excited about visiting this museum. It is located in China town. The front desk receptionist was very nice and offered my a military discount which came to about $7.00 (half adult price). As soon as you enter there is a large timeline exhibit which was interesting. It had a voice over that came on and briefly described... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A rainy day in Central Philly. Lots of visual media on screens yet powerful oil canvas and digital prints. I wanted to buy a tee shirt that looked like a poncho but it wasn't tagged. I encourage you to visit with a photographic memory as photos are prohibited.

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