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Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Learn the history and accomplishments of Maryland’s past and present African-American communities in this museum’s displays, programs and events.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a captivating African-American museum in the heart of Baltimore. The affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution collects, preserves and shares the rich history and important contributions of Maryland’s African American population. Discover how more than 200 years of slavery influenced the lives of African-Americans in Baltimore and the state of Maryland.

Many collections of artifacts, photographs, artworks and rare books are displayed at the museum. See the African-American military experience, represented through an extensive collection of United States Army objects, such as uniforms, documents, insignia and videotapes. Other large collections include artifacts relating to Maryland’s African-American families, communities and early jazz scenes.

African-American Marylanders endured more than two centuries of slavery. Through educational and historical displays, the effect of slavery on families and communities has been explored. The museum also features thought-provoking special exhibits, which focus on many aspects of African-American life in Maryland. Hear the stories of self-determination, perseverance and humanity in the museum’s wonderful displays.

With interactive arts workshops and educational events, Reginald F. Lewis Museum is great for families. The museum hosts many functions year-round, including film screenings, musical performances and events for children. Check the official website for upcoming events or to book a guided museum tour.

The museum is named after Reginald F. Lewis, a prominent African American Marylander. Lewis was a distinguished lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, responsible for establishing the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. The organization gave significant grants to the museum and many more non-profit and educational programs. Learn about the influential man and other significant African American Marylanders in the museum’s exhibits.

Find Reginald F. Lewis Museum in the center of Baltimore. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday year-round, excluding Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Discounted admission rates apply for senior citizens, children and students.

If visiting Reginald F. Lewis Museum Wednesday to Saturday, stop at the museum café for coffee, Baltimore crab cakes or other delicious food. Visit the museum store during museum open hours.


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