The 82,000-square-foot Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is dedicated to preserving history and retelling the stories of Maryland's African American community. Located on the edge of the Inner Harbor, the museum is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Images, music and recorded oral history bring to life the museum's exhibits and collection.
Location: 830 E. Pratt St.
Admission: Members and children 6 and under, free; ages 7 and up, $8; senior citizens, $6; college students (with valid ID), $6.
Hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m. June through August open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays
The stories behind the families of Maryland's African Americans. Despite slavery, they managed to maintain familial and community bonds.
Studies the role African Americans' labor played in building the state and national economy, particularly in areas such as iron-working, fishing and agriculture.
Focuses on music, art, storytelling and literature. This gallery also hosts a rotating slate of local and children's art exhibits.
***Explore the museum's special exhibitions***
In addition to main galleries, the museum includes:
This library of books, papers, oral histories and educational resources about the African-American experience of Maryland is free (but does not include access to the museum's galleries). Open Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment, visitors are welcome to use its computers and online catalog for historical and genealogy research. The museum is building a collection of reference materials, which includes titles in the history of Maryland and the Upper South and genealogy.
Because oral history is such an integral part of the African-American experience, the museum's studio is a must-see…or, actually, must-hear. Listen to the stories of Maryland’s famous and not-so-famous African Americans or record your own.
This 200-seat theater hosts a variety of events, including theatrical, dance and musical performances; film festivals; lectures; panel discussions and receptions.
Accessible to visitors before paying admission, the café and gift shop give visitors a warm welcome. The café serves a variety of unique Maryland dishes, and the shop offers a collection of books, jewelry, music and specialty items.