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The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through...more
The modest admission fee grants you access to two exhibits: the permanent African American history exhibit, and the rotating exhibit on some aspect of that history. When I went, the theme of the latter was "migrations." Neither exhibit disappointed. In fact, I was impressed with...More
Odd vacation luck this year had us in cedar rapids for a few days after spending a week in Washington DC. I tried on at least four separate days while there to secure tickets to the national African American museum. As a white family, I...More
The ladies are the AAMI was charming as the two exhibits on African American coming from Africa to Iowa and "The pen is mighty than the sword." So much to experience and my fav was the video of people in Iowa and how they overcame...More
This is a small, local museum so you can't compare it to bigger museums. But it does a very good job of recording the history of African Americans in Iowa and other mid-west states. It was only $5 to go in, and they have a...More
Having never before stopped here, this was the third stop of my see Cedar Rapids Day today. I was impressed by the scope of the parking lot at first. Plenty of spots and many handicapped spots up front. You walk in. You are greeted by...More
Read about this place and was surprised that there was such a rich, vital history of African Americans in Iowa, which today has only about 2% African American population. Found it very educational and worthwhile for everyone. The staff were friendly and welcoming and eager...More
Fortunate to return just as the museum was hosting its Grand Re-Opening of its much-expanded and artistically presented exhibit hall and collection. Something for everone from Oral Histories from Iowas of African descent to exhibits you can participate in, no matter your age/size.
This is an extraordinary museum for the little known and underappreciated contributions of African American arrival and achievements to Iowa.
The curators have done a wonderful job in the permanent display(re-done a couple of times since the museum had opened) and the temporary exhibits-sometimes in...More