The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia

(2.2/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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  • This was my second visit, the first time was in the early 90"s. We latched onto a group from NY that had a tour guide, the guide was full of information about the history of Philadelphia's African Ame...  more »
  • I visited this museum and was impressed with the history of the African American experience. I would recommend this site when visiting Philadelphia  more »
  • Woefully empty. Being a relatively new resident to Philly, and learning that the African American Museum here was the first in the nation – I had exceptionally high hopes! Unfortunately the museum fel...  more »
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  • To charge $14 per person for this is obscene. It it were a donation, or under $5, it would be worth seeing. But 4 floors...more like 4 rooms for $14 is a total ripoff. The first room only had one of four projectors working, so the presentation was terrible. The presentation told a compelling story about how African Americans shaped the city that exists today. Unfortunately, you never see or hear anything else about it again once you leave the room. The gift shop is the only place you see artifacts, pictures, stories, or anything else that you would expect to see at a museum. And even with those problems, it was still the highlight of the "museum". The second "floor" had videos that didn't work and the ones that did could only be used one at a time. Otherwise, they would drown each other out. The third and fourth "floors" were sparsely populated with art. I enjoy art more than most, but the problem is that they didn't tell you anything about the art or the artist. So there was no way of knowing why a particular piece was here or what it was trying to convey or the story it was trying to tell.
  • I read many complaints of this museum and I guess I went when everything was perfect. The museum is not designed to teach you African American history. It is designed to highlight it so for you folk who want to know about your history in an hour tour I suggest you go to the store in the museum and buy some books or find a black book store and by some books. What is disturbing is that the people who complain don't appreciate that the museum has been here since 1976 and still serves our community. Do you think that your admission fee will handle the maintenance of the high tech video equipment that they have on display? No it will not but if you African American critics would see something like this an donate more than the admission price maybe they will be able to hire an onsite tech to fix problems as they arrive. I took my family their and was amazed at how the maintained the building and how they modernized it. Yes I was a critic at one time but realized this place has been here for me since I was in the first grade and at 50 years old I can enjoy it with my children and soon to be grand children so instead of running to post you disappointment how about buying a postage stamp with a money order of $5 $10 or $15 dollars to help. Just as we scream in the street that Black Lives Matter well Black History Matter even more.
  • This was good to see. What made it difficult was that all the exhibits that had speakers would be playing at once if someone was listening to them. The very first one was louder than all of them. It would be better if they were located in their own space away from the others. The history behind each of those exhibits is very telling. Gallery 3 didn't really make much sense to us as it was a wall of paper where people had requested different art work. This will make me do more research.
  • Awful. We were advised two floors were closed and so given reduced admission, but told that two floors were open. More like two rooms! Two rooms filled with poor quality displays and no artefacts. A total waste of time...the onle good part, getting my money back. Steer clear...visit the black history museum in Baltimore, which is fabulous.
  • I really wish I could go to an African-American museum and leave learning something new about my culture other than the same people we hear about every February. A lot of wasted space. Some of the interactive displays were not functional. Overall really poor presentation; I was expecting a lot more. As an African-American man born and raised in Philly I really wished my sons could have experienced more about our culture