Museum of African American History

  • 46 Joy Street
  • Boston, MA 02114
  • Neighborhood: Boston - Beacon Hill
  • 617-742-5415
  • Fax: 617-720-5225
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With campuses in Boston & Nantucket, the Museum of Afro-American History is New England's largest African American history museum with four national historic sites dating back to the early 1800's and the BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL that attracts visitors from around the world. Permanent interactive exhibits in Boston at the Museum's Abiel Smith School include: The Times We Had, Separate Schools, Unequal Education and Building on a Firm Foundation, historic artifacts, and works of art. The Museum preserves the remarkable and vivid history of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.

The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6 mile walking tour encompassing the largest collection of historic sites in the country relating to the life of a free African American community prior to the Civil War. The history of these buildings and sites is national in scope and significance. The Museum of African American History (MAAH) treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.

A Black Heritage Trail site and a National Historic Landmark, The Meeting House is the oldest extant black church building in the United States built by free African American artisans. The African Meeting House (1806) and Abiel Smith School (1835) on Beacon Hill, are gems in the Museum of Afro-American History's collection of historic sites.

Choose from a unique selection of gifts for children and adults, including specialty books, Black Heritage Trivia Kits, T-Shirts, and jewelry. Take home a piece of history with our high quality reproductions and handcrafted items.

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