African American History and Heritage


Baltimore has a very rich African American history as the home of influential people such as Frederick Douglass and Billie Holliday. Learn about their history and the history of African American heritage in Baltimore.

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The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum 
About: America’s first wax museum of African American history and culture features more than 150 life-size and lifelike wax figures.

Address: 1601-03 E. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213

Cost: $15- Adults, $14- Students, $12- Children (ages 3-11), Free- Children under 3
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture 
About: A major Inner Harbor tourist destination, this museum highlights the history and accomplishments of Maryland’s African American community, featuring exhibitions, resource centers, a cafe and a gift shop.

Address: 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $8- General Admission, $6- Children (ages 7-17), Senior (65+), Student, Free- Children under 6
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum 
About: An African American heritage site, this museum and park recounts the history of Frederick Douglass, Isaac Myers and the first black-owned shipyard in the United States. Hands-on activities and boat building engage visitors.

Address: 1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Cost: $5.00- Adults, age 19 to 59, $4.00- Seniors, age 60+, $2.00- Students, age 6 to 18, Free- Children age 5 and under
Billie Holiday Statue 
About: Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia but spent her early childhood years in Baltimore City. This bronze statue of Lady Day is less than a block from the historic Royal Theater, the fabled performance hall where she performed with other jazz greats during the roaring ’20s.

Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Cost: Free
Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center  
About: Compact institution honoring the ragtime pianist & other local musicians plus a performance venue. The Eubie Blake Cultural Center offers performances, exhibits, film series, dance workshops, speakers, youth programs and more!

Address: 847 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Cost: Free, but donations welcome
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art 
About: Enjoy 19th- and 20th-century American, European and traditional African art, plus guided tours. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday; no admission fees.

Address: Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore, MD 21251

Cost: Free
Thurgood Marshall Statue 
About: In the Inner Harbor across from the Baltimore Convention Center and in front of the Maryland Court House is this statue of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. Marshall was a Baltimore native and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is named for him.

Address: 180 Hopkins Pl, Baltimore, MD

Cost: Free
USS Constellation 
About: USS Constellation, constructed in 1854, is a sloop-of-war/corvette and the second United States Navy ship to carry the name. Constellation is the last sail-only warship designed and built by the Navy.

Address: Pier I, 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $11- Adult, $9- Senior (60+), Student (15-20), $5- Children (6-14), Free- Children under 5
B&O Railroad Museum 
About: This fascinating, fun place for kids, families and lovers of history features the most important railroad collection in America.

Address: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223

Cost: $18- Adults, $16- Seniors (60+), $12- Children (2-12)