5 African American History Museums Everyone Should Visit

Many major cities in the United States feature museums dedicated to African American history. Here are five we think everyone should visit.

National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.)

Part of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum has quickly become a popular tourist attraction in our nation’s capital since opening in September 2016.

 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit)

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and features And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, the largest single exhibition on African American history in the world.

 

National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis)

The most unique and moving museum location on this list, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

 

African American Museum (Philadelphia)

Want to visit the first African American history museum built in a major U.S. city? Look no further than the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

 

The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute (Selma, Ala.)

Achieving voting equality was one of the biggest fights of the civil rights movement, and the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute chronicles that very important part of African American history. It’s located at one end of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of “Bloody Sunday.”