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Museums and Cultural Centers


African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
The first and only National Memorial and Museum for United States Colored Troops (USCT) in the Civil War.
African American Museum of Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
America I AM: The African American Imprint
A traveling exhibit featuring a collection of historically significant African American documents and artifacts, music, and cultural memorabilia that highlight every period of U.S. history.
American Jazz Museum (at 18th and Vine)
Dedicated to the memory of the nameless and unremembered men and women whose daring, endurance, and commitment to African American self-sufficiency made 18th and Vine the vibrant center of jazz, swing and Bebop in Kansas City and the world.
The Anacostia Museum (Washington, DC)
Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) (Indiana University)
Association of African-American Museums (AAAM)
A non-profit membership organization serving the interests and needs of black museums and cultural institutions, and black museum professionals throughout the nation.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama)
Black American West Museum (Denver, CO)
Black Museums in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, Michigan)
Dallas African American Museum
Preserving and Sharing a Legacy
DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, Illinois)
Freedomís Sisters (Traveling Exhibit)
20 African American women, from key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who have fought for equality for all Americans. A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute.
IAAM Center for Family history
The IAAM Center for Family history is a one of a kind research center dedicated to African American genealogy. The center will be a part of the International African American Museum (IAAM), scheduled to open in 2020.
Jim Crow Museum
Promoting racial tolerance by helping people understand historical and contemporary expressions of intolerance.
Louis Armstrong House Museum (Corona, New York)
The Museum of African American History (Detroit, Michigan)
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) (San Francisco, California)
Connecting all people through the art, culture and history of the African Diaspora.
Museums of the African Diaspora (
Museum of Afro-American History Boston
Museum of our African Roots (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
In Old San Juan Puerto Rico, El Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Afro-Puerto Ricans.
National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee)
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (New York, NY)
Bringing the joy of jazz to any and all curious people.
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) (Washington, DC)
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. NMAAHC is part of the Smithsonian Institution.
National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) (Nashville, TN)
The National Museum of African American Music is the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations that inspires, educates and transforms your appreciation of American music.
National Museum of African Art (Washington, DC)
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, features African art from antiquity to the present.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The Center educates the public about the historic struggle to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people. The Freedom Center teaches lessons of courage and cooperation from Underground Railroad history to promote collaborative learning, dialogue and action in order to inspire today's freedom movements.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (at 18th and Vine)
Dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball.
Plano African American Museum (Plano, TX)
The Ray Charles Memorial Library (Los Angeles, CA)
A commemorative venue to preserve and promote Ray Charlesís triumph in overcoming challenge and culminating his life.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Dedicated to sharing the courageous journeys toward freedom and self-determination made by African American Marylanders.
River Road African American Museum (Donaldsonville, Louisiana)
Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis, Tennessee)
American soul music roots and cultural heritage is promoted and preserved in at the Stax Museum Memphis, TN. Find exhibits, photos, records, video footage and merchandise of Southern, gospel, blues and neo soul artists and music legends at the original site of Stax Records Studios in the heart of Soulsville USA.
Studio Museum Harlem (New York, NY)

Cultural Centers

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Renaissance Cultural Center (Ft. Worth, TX)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)
South Dallas Cultural Center (Dallas, TX)


The African Burial Ground
Commemorating the Colonial African Heritage
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial (Annapolis, MD)
Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial (Boston, MA)

Updated March 3, 2021
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.