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African American Museum of Iowa

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The modest admission fee grants you access to two exhibits: the permanent African American history... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This place is a gem!

Odd vacation luck this year had us in cedar rapids for a few days after spending a week in... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
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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
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55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2202
+1 319-862-2101
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank umbek
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

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

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

The museum is large, well put together, and provides a history of African Americans in Iowa before and after the Civil War, with some 21st century displays. Appropriate for children and adults.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Sue S
Reviewed 2 July 2016

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.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank DJ D
Reviewed 24 June 2016

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

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank RMN123
Reviewed 16 February 2016

A nice little museum that takes you on a walk through the history of African Americans in the US and particularly in the midwest.

Date of experience: December 2015
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