The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.Take a look at our Dallas road trip planner to schedule your visit to African American Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
The main objective of the Museum is the presentation of meaningful experiences for children and adults who would not ordinarily visit a museum. The rich heritage of black art and history is housed in four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. Living African American culture is experienced through entertaining and educational programs presented in the theater, studio arts area and classrooms. The Museum's permanent collections include African art; African American fine art; magazine, historical, political and community archives.
The 38,000 square foot structure, built in the shape of a cross, is made of ivory stone. Natural materials and design motifs are used through the Museum in a manner reminiscent of pre-industrialized cultures of the African continent. The shape of the window represents an abstraction of the Dogon Statue from Mali, West Africa. This shape is also present in the entrance to a group of Ethiopian Orthodox churches that were excavated out of the surrounding rock at Lalibala in the 12th century.
A rich heritage of African American Art and history is housed in four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. Our visitors can also experience living black culture through our educational and entertaining programs presented in the educational plaza, which includes a theatre and classrooms.
African American Museum Reviews
We were first provided an orientation that described the venue and artifacts on display. There's a lot of history here, which will take more than one visit to fully enjoy. We recommend that you eat.... more »
Located in Fair Park this museum was a pleasant visit for the rainy day. The Kinsey Collection and other historic exhibits were excellent. It’s a spacious museum so you can stroll at your leisure... more »
We went for an Extravaganza event. Had a number of Christian rappers in an effort to bring hope back to the local communities. Was amazed at the local talent and had the privilege of looking at some of the heritage displayed at the museum. Had a great time and thankful being accepted with open arms.
The experience was nice. An interesting walk around. The staff at the entrance was helpful. The facility was very clean. My children had an awesome experience. I just wish that the gift shop had a bigger variety of items to buy.
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