African American Museum of Philadelphia
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1976, it one of the oldest and best African American museums whose emphasis is both history and art. African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) tells the story of African-American family life, Civil Rights Movement, arts, entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative on three floors. Throughout the year, AAMP hosts many innovative programs and visiting exhibits from renown educators and artists, and its annual Kwanzaa celebration. With over 400,000 photographic negatives from Jack Franklin, the museum can also boast of having one the finest collections covering African American life in Philadelphia from 1940s-1960s. You can also book a tour of Afrocentric sites within the city. One of most interesting touring exhibits hosted by AAMP is Arresting Patterns: Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community. The museum store is a must shop and the museum has barrier-free, wheelchair access.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 7th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA MAP
PARKING: behind the Museum on Arch Street
RAPID TRANSIT: 8th & Market Street PATCO Station and Chinatown SEPTA Station