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In the heart of downtown Baltimore, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the lives, history, culture, and art of African American Marylanders.
Often called the Lewis Museum, the exhibition center houses objects which date back from 1764 to the present day. All of the artifacts have been acquired by the museum or were kindly donated by members of the community. Special exhibitions are presented on a rotating schedule so there is always something new to see and explore.
One of the museum's stand-out features is its art collection which is effectively used to share the story of both the triumphs and struggles of Maryland's African Americans over the last 400 years. Exhibit themes center around family, art, slavery, and community.
The Lewis Museum hosts a wide array of events throughout the year. For example, there are author talks, children's events, storytelling series, and film festivals. One of the museum's premier events is the Lewis Museum's Annual Gala. This is Maryland's largest leadership gathering in support of African American history and culture. If interested in learning more, please watch the video below or check out the calendar of events for additional information.
The Lewis Museum strongly supports the idea of bringing awareness and education to the community, so much so that there is an amazing online resource available on their website. Students, researchers, and the general public have the opportunity to explore over 10,000 objects, photographs, and documents that are not currently on display. This technological project is ongoing and new items are regularly being published online.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. A museum visit is typically a self-guided experience. Visitors interested in group tours should contact museum staff at 443-263-1852. There are a few options available for museum parking. Metered and free parking can be found in Little Italy and Harbor East neighborhoods. Additionally, $9 validated parking is available in the PMI Garage located across the street at 815 E. Pratt Street. Bring your ticket to the museum’s front information desk to have it validated.
Cover photo courtesy of Reginald F. Lewis Museum.