20 Best Black History Museums in the US to Visit

From coast to coast, there are tons of brilliant black history museums to discover and explore.  Here are 20 of the best black history museums in the US to visit.

National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

Here you can find hundreds of historic artifacts that work to encapsulate the Civil Rights Movement, with exhibits covering everything from the emergence of slavery to the civil rights movement.

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National Museum of African American History & Culture

With 10 floors filled with more than 36,000 artifacts and exhibits, this critically acclaimed museum is a must-see. Oh, and because it’s a Smithsonian Museum—it’s free to enter!

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

This museum is packed with photographs, artifacts, and film exhibits devoted to the iconic baseball league formed by African Americans in 1920 after Jim Crow laws forced them off, professional baseball teams.

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National Museum of African American Music

Dedicated to educating the public on more than 50 music genres that were created or inspired by African Americans, this musical wonderland features unique artifacts on everything from gospel to hip hop.

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Whitney Plantation

Focused exclusively on the lives of enslaved people in the Southern US, Whitney Plantation tells a powerful tale of courage, resiliency, and the importance of remembering the past—even when it’s painful.

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The Underground Railroad History Museum features exhibits like "From Slavery to Freedom" and "Brothers of the Borderland,” which tell powerful stories about freedom and highlight heroes who helped pave the way.

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum

A must-visit for anyone interested in Black history or aviation, this museum honors the Tuskegee Airmen while inspiring the next generation of aviators.

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