Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston

#32 of 36 in Museums in Boston
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Boston African American National Historic Site, in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts's Beacon Hill neighborhood, interprets 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. These include the 1806 African Meeting House, the oldest standing black church in the United States.

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  • Very interesting tour and exhibits. Although somewhat small, the buildings and the guided tour provide a very interesting view of Boston history. Would recommend to all!  more »
  • Really enjoyed my experience here. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I would definitely go again!  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit, especially if you like history. I'll just give some practicalities here. This historic site, part of the Black Heritage Trail, actually consists of several significant buildings related to African American history in Boston. Of those sites, the two buildings at this pinpointed location (namely, the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House) are the only ones that the public can visit, for a small admission fee. The other sites are all private property, but you can always take photos of them from the outside. The Abiel Smith School, the first public school for African Americans in the country, now houses a small museum with special exhibitions. The museum admission fee includes a 30-minute guided tour of the African Meeting House, a former church that was also a center of anti-slavery and abolitionist activism. Call ahead for the guided tour schedule. You will need at least an hour if you want to visit these two sites.
  • Went with my wife. Lots of cool American history not found on the Freedom Trail. Worth the time to check out if you're in town. Also check out the Black Heritage Trail tour by the National Park Service.

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