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National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

Shares the history, art and culture of the African American experience
  • Address
    • National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
    • 1350 Brush Row Road
    • Wilberforce, OH 45384
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    Contact Information
  • Admission
    • Adult: $6.00
    • Senior: $5.00
    • Youth (6–18): $3.00
    • OHC Member: Free
    • Children under 6: Free
    • Central State University students: Free
    • Wilberforce students: Free

    Hours & more

    Administrative Office Hours:
    Mon - Fri: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
     

    Museum/Center Hours: Mon - Sat: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
     

    Archive Hours: Call for an appointment

  • Historical Topics
    • The Arts
    • African American History
    Regions
    • Southwest Ohio
    Audiences
    • All Audiences

Visit

Enjoy regularly changing exhibits and special programs sharing African American history, art and culture at this museum in Wilberforce, home of two historically black universities, Wilberforce and Central State. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

History

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center opened to the public in April of 1988. Since that time, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum and its exhibits including: former President George Bush, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali, historian and Ebony Editor Lerone Bennett, Jr., acclaimed artist Benny Andrews, fight promoter Don King, musician Winton Marsalis, noted actor William Marshall, Hall of Fame basketball coach John McLendon, educator Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson, His Excellency President of Mali Moussa Traore, among numerous Congressman, Senators, and others.

Still a young institution, the museum has already received the enthusiastic support of hundreds of individuals throughout the nation who have donated family treasures to the center. In less than two years, the museum had developed one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials, including over 9,000 artifacts, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs. Staff continues to collect artifacts from people throughout the nation who are anxious to have their family history preserved in the first national museum dedicated to Afro-American history and culture.