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Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore

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  • Reginald Lewis is outstanding, not just for its telling of African American experience, but of setting it so well in Maryland. Displays rotate regularly, so count on returning a couple of times a year...  read more »
  • Very good location, in walking distance of inner harbor. Not a bad price for entry. Really interesting exhibits as well as they had a performance art event when we toured. 
  • Modern museum dealing with the African American experience both historically and up to the present. There is moderate emphasis on the Maryland experience. Very interesting exhibits for everyone, black...  read more »
  • Great great great event I went to during the end of the year season. Love seeing so many beautiful people altogether to learn, sell&buy, promote, and be proud of black culture
  • Great museum for events and learning history. Love the kids events!
  • My companion and I went to the museum during the Christmas week, 2015, on a day when lots was happening. First, though, the Reginald Lewis is easy to get to, parking is readily available, admission is inexpensive, and it's in a thriving part of Baltimore's downtown. The museum is beautifully designed and constructed, and superbly maintained, with open galleries supported by smaller corridors, fitting the museum's mission of being a place to explore and celebrate African-American history, and then aspects of its culture, including labor history, entertainment, and the arts. The historical and other displays are attractive, striking when first viewed, then absorbing in their supplementary detail. The museum is visually inviting, in other words, while providing meaningful materials that draw people into additional thoughtful meditation. A lot of African-American history, of course, involves the country's horrific treatment of African-Americans, and the museum doesn't "make nice" with that tragic story. However, the museum also interweaves black labor history and cultural, and artistic development to portray African American resilience and tenacity into the Twentieth Century and the present. Also involved in this supporting material is a focus on the importance of community, not just in Maryland. All in all, this is a fine place to get yourself re-educated, or educated for the first time, about a lot of things you might have skimmed over in high school or college. You can easily spend an hour or two, here, doing that. On the day we were at the museum there was a lot going on, a Kwaanza celebration and an arts and crafts show, and the staff and participants/ volunteers were having a good time. Museum staff, by the way, are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do. In one of the galleries was an exhibition of work by Ruth Starr Rose, an artist whose reputation is growing nationally. Regular exhibitions like this are another asset of this place, I gather. Visiting from Madison, Wisconsin, this was our second trip to Baltimore, but the first one when we devoted time to checking out the city's offerings. The Reginald Lewis Museum is an outstanding attraction, one we'll be back to. Richard Swanson (and Fanny Aragno)
  • They invested a lot of money here but I felt like it was boring. Only the last floor is interesting, I wouldn't pay the entrance fee again.
  • Wonderful exhibits of African Americam history. Love the pictures the atmosphere and the staff. Had the opportunity of attending the 10th anniversary gala. And it was amazing . Keep up the good work.
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