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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Based on 40 traveler reviews
Good accompaniment to fill in details of history left out of official narratives
Dec 21, 2014 by: nottheone from Milwaukee, WI
I visited this museum to get more information about the Underground Railroad and the history of African Americans in Baltimore. Several of the walking tours of the area touched on aspects of this history, but I wanted more and this museum provided it. There is a lot of information here, and I found I was saturated after touring the upper floor. The staff of the museum suggested beginning with the film on the first floor, but anyone who is pressed for time should skip the movie and instead head right up to the top floor.
A real History lesson to learn
Nov 05, 2014 by: MarioIsra from Israel
It was a very interesting visit. I was able to learn many things about African Americans I didn't know. I was surprised of the very late suppression of discrimination in America. It was a very quiet visit because I was almost alone in the Museum. From the architectural point of view is a very interesting building. I had the opportunity to eat a nice lunch attended in a very familiar way.
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.
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