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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
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Right in the Heart of Inner Harbor
Aug 21, 2014 by: Miviw from Dayton, Ohio
Beautiful building and exhibits. General admission is $8.00 and less for students and seniors. Open Wed. - Sun. This was easy to find because it is such a modern structure and right down at the harbor. Parking is across the street in the Dodge PMI Garage. $6 validated parking available if asked. This building does have an elevator for special needs/wheelchairs. It's very open and bright. There are exhibits from every era and lots of artifacts, it's easy to maneuver through each and the signage is very good. There are audio stations for some along with original voices of heroes featured. Quite interesting and entertaining as well. It has distinctive footage of times gone by and newspapers, clothing, pictures etc. Also a great outing for family, a date night or just a history lesson. There's also a nice dedication to it's name sake Reginald Lewis. The Museum Store has a nice selection of souvenirs on the first floor.
Worth a visit- interesting and informative
Aug 13, 2014 by: lvjmr from Baltimore-Washington, DC
We were pleased to visit for the first time the Reginald Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore right past the inner harbor next to the Flag House. The museum highlights the history and contributions of African-Americans and , in particular, those who made significant contributions to Maryland and Baltimore. One learns about the history of slavery, racism, and the fight against seemingly insurmountable odds to combat it and the considerable successes African-Americans achieved and their contributions to Maryland in all areas- science, medicine, the arts, teaching, churches, and community development. Among the more moving items in the collection are the shackles a slave wore on his journey on a slave ship to Maryland and an eloquent letter written by Benjamin Banneker in response to Thomas Jefferson's assessment of the negro race. A special exhibit on the meaning of the American flag to Americans of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds also added to this worthwhile visit. The gift shop is worth a visit too and the price of admission to the museum is very reasonable. More people should take advantage of this local treasure and one hopes that as funds allow, the museum will continue to add to its collection of Maryland African history and heritage.
Great insight into Maryland history!
Jul 30, 2014 by: Penlady from Etters, Pennsylvania
As a resident of Pennsylvania, it was very interesting to learn more about Maryland history and how African Americans contributed to the overall history of not just Baltimore but the state as a whole. We especially enjoyed the special exhibit about the Star Spangled Banner, for this special bicentennial year.
I remember the opening of the museum in 2004
Jul 26, 2014 by: cifernij from Springfield, New Jersey
I am an educator who worked with the museum on developing curriculum when I taught in the public schools of Maryland ten years ago. It is nice to see that the museum has opened and appears to be successful. I went in the late afternoon and I was surprised that the place was largely empty. I think the museum has a lot to offer and does a nice job of highlighting the contributions of African Americans in the state of Maryland. I would like to see some more interactive exhibits and while I think the museum captures a nice contribution of history I think there is room for improvement. Admission price is fair and there is a nice gift shop present in the institution as well. I do recommend this as a place worth visiting while in Baltimore.
Room for Improvement
Jul 20, 2014 by: 23Feb45 from California
The admission price is reasonable and the museum is walking distance from Inner Harbor. Although I would like to say that the museum is outstanding, I can't honestly say that. The "no photographs" American flag exhibit on the second floor, while being interesting, doesn't include anything which I would like to photograph and only with great imagination relates to the history and culture Americans of African descent. The flag exhibit occupies approximately half of the floor with the other half being almost empty. The third floor is much more interesting. Many of the exhibits are very well presented and document a substantial amount of culture and history. But I remain puzzled as to why several exhibits contain obvious misspellings and typos. Am I the only person who noticed? The third floor seems to be incomplete and could be better organized. I had to walk around twice to make sure I saw everything. The history apparently begins in the 19th century. Where is the 18th century exhibits? Where is the exhibit about the Corps of Marines? The next time I visit the museum, I hope to see a museum that uses all its space to tell as much of the local story as possible.
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