Welcome To AAMP
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Our doors are open for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Visit us and experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is committed to illuminating the true and often painful realities of the Black American experience. The senseless death of George Floyd and similar tragedies that have taken the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others are too reminiscent of the centuries long degradation of Black lives in America. The unjust circumstances that resulted in the loss of innocent lives expose the current threatening reality of Black men and women living anywhere in our country and may reflect the fearful existence that could define the future of our Black children.
View AAMP's full Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and the Pattern of Violence Against Black Communities.
ENCOURAGE THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA’S CONTINUED SUPPORT OF AAMP
For nearly five decades, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) has provided ongoing testimony to African Americans’ immeasurable contributions to our collective heritage. Now, as we navigate this time of unprecedented challenges, we must not forget the vital contributions African American art and culture make to the spirit and vitality of our city.
Confronted with the extraordinary human and financial toll brought by the COVID 19 pandemic, the City has proposed a revised budget that includes the elimination of funding for AAMP. While difficult decisions are necessary during this time of shared sacrifice, the de-funding of the museum will disproportionately impact Philadelphia’s foremost African American cultural institution and the community it serves.
TELL CITY COUNCIL TO RESTORE AAMP’S ANNUAL ALLOCATION
You can help ensure that AAMP continues to provide its enriching educational services and compelling public programs by urging members of City Council to restore the museum’s annual allocation.
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“Build your community wherever you go.”
- Michelle Obama, during a visit to the African American Museum in
Philadelphia on November 29, 2018
We were honored to host Michelle Obama during her 10 city book tour of NYT's best-seller Becoming. The former First Lady stopped by the African American Museum in Philadelphia to speak with the global education and travel group beGirl.world. The intimate conversation about community and sisterhood took place in the museum's permanent exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876.
Be sure to tune into Nadia Hallgreen's new documentary, Becoming starting on May 6, 2020 on Netflix.
African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876
On Permanent Display
In partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Special Committee on 400 Years of African American History, the African American Museum in Philadelphia invites our audiences to reflect on the Black experiences that have occurred since Africans first arrived in the English colonies in 1619. Learn more!
As the coronavirus impacts lives in the Philadelphia region and across the globe, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers.
The museum will remain closed to the public until further notice.
We encourage everyone to prioritize their health and safety. AAMP is grateful for your continued support.
Thank you to our loyal supporters:
AAMP Welcomes New Partners: