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National Afro-American Museum & Cultural CenterEnjoy exhibits and programs sharing African American history, art and culture
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  • Address
    • National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
    • 1350 Brush Row Rd
    • PO Box 578
    • Wilberforce, OH 45384-0578
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    Contact Information
  • Open Hours
    • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission
    • Adult: $6.00
    • Senior: $5.00
    • Youth (6–17): $3.00
    • Children (5 and younger): Free
    • Ohio History Connection Member: Free
    • Central State University or Wilberforce University student: Free
    Archive Hours

    By appointment only


    Administrative Office Hours

    Monday through Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
     

    The museum is closed on the following days:

    Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26, 2015
    Christmas Eve: Thrusday, December 24, 2015
    Christmas Day: Friday, December 25, 2015
    New Years Day: Friday, January 1, 2016

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    • The Arts
    • Civil War
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    • My History
    • African American History
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    • Southwest Ohio
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Visit

Enjoy regularly changing exhibits and special programs sharing African American history, art and culture at this museum in Wilberforce, Ohio, home of two historically black universities: Wilberforce and Central State. Visit our current exhibits page for more information.

Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

History

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center opened to the public in April 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, plus numerous Congressional representatives, senators and others.

The museum is the permanent home of one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials, with over 9,000 artifacts and artwork, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs. Items include a dress uniform owned by General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., Alex Haley’s typewriter and his final draft of Roots, the NAACP Spingarn Medal awarded to Carter G. Woodson, a buffalo hide coat worn by a Buffalo Soldier, and Gregory Hines’ tap shoes.
 
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