At the Museum: African American Museum in Philadelphia

February 20, 2015

Happy Friday! We’re out to Philadelphia (not really, but it would be nice) to take a look at the African American Museum in, of course Philadelphia.


From their website:

Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.

The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and 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 our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.


Inside AAMP. courtesy of

Lots of exhibitions, activities, and educational things to learn at the AAMP, here is an example:


As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art / February 5, 2015 – March 21, 2015

Audacious Freedom:
African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876 / Permanent Display



Jack T. Franklin Collection

A collection of 500,000 photographs and negatives that Franklin donated to the museum in 1986. These photos tell the social and political history of Philadelphia’s African American community and the historical Civil Rights Movement.

Past & Current Calendar Events:

Gallery Experiences – Drop-in Mini Workshops Saturday, February 7
11am – 1pm: Noah Lewis as Ned Hector
1pm – 3pm: Denise Valentine Storytelling

Sunday, February 8
1pm – 3pm: 
Ali Richardson Drum Circle

Saturday, February 14
1pm – 3pm: Denise Valentine Storytelling


Saturday, February 21
11am – 1pm: Noah Lewis as Ned Hector
1pm – 3pm: Ali Richardson Drum Circle

Thursday, February 12 ~ 6pm
Doors Open 6pm, Screening 
Member Event: Film Screening: Legend of Lead Belly

Sunday, February 22 ~ 1–4pm
Horace Pippin Kids Crafternoon!

Thursday, February 26 ~ 6pm
Creating the Criminal: A Film Screening & Discussion of Slavery By Another Name

Saturday, February 28 ~ 10am–5pm
Macy’s Family Fun Day at AAMP: Trains!

All free admission, except for the Member Event: Film Screening: Legend of Led Belly.

For more information, please visit the website below. I hope you have a very great Friday, be blessed and come on back tomorrow for Artscene and Black History Feature. / 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 / Phone:  (215) 574-0380 



Thursday thru Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 12 Noon – 5 PM

Open Dr. Martin Luther King Day
with related programs


Youth (4-12 yrs.)
Students (w/ I.D.)
Senior Citizens
AAMP Members


For group rates call: (215) 574-0380, ext. 225






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