Our Legacy ~ Our History ~ Our Minnesota Story

The MAAHMG is temporarily closed. Learn more...

To protect the health of Minnesotans and prevent further crisis, the State has decided to take additional steps to limit social interactions and stop the spread of COVID-19, Governor Waltz announced a four-week "pause" in a variety of social entertainment centers and business sectors. Museums are a part of that "pause". The MAAHMG will be closed from Friday November 20th (11:59pm) to Friday, December 18th (11:59pm). Sorry for the inconvenience.

See you when we reopen with great exhibits and programs! Enjoy the holiday.

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Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

1256 Penn Avenue N., Fourth Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Free Admission

Free parking in the ramp

New Hours:

Tuesdays - Fridays 1 - 5 pm

Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm

Thank you to supporters and members for your generous donations to the museum! Supporters like you are essential in helping us preserve and share the contributions of African Americans in Minnesota. The museum is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible charitable gift helps to support exhibitions and educational programming. Please consider making a gift to the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG). Thank you!

new exhibitions at maahmg

"Magical Black History Trees" by Alicia Smiley

Although the museum is closed under the governor's orders on COVID, we want to share our holiday exhibition created by Alicia Smiley that is now on display. While you can't visit in person, enjoy these magical trees virtually! There are six different trees with a Black history and culture theme. Photographs taken by Dallas Smith.

Happy Holidays from MAAHMG.

"Gather in his name: From Protests to Healing for George Floyd"

A portrait photography collection by John Steitz. Some photographs are accompanied by interviews, which you can read here.

"A Reckoning: 100 Year after the Lynchings in Duluth"

An exhibition in collaboration with In Black Ink, marking the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie in 1920.

Documenting the Uprising

Photography by Jabari Holloman; a documentary of the first day of the protest in Minneapolis created by Unicorn Riot; a plywood art mural created by DeSean Hollie that covered the window of an Uptown business.


A video compilation of performing artists expressing the emotions of the movement featuring an improv monologue by Alexis Camille; dance by LaTanya Cannady, Suzette Jornae, Naysha Glover and Ahzreanah Harris; spoken word by Joe Davis, Hannah Hagen, Sandrine Sugi, and Nico Moore; and sound designer and vocalist Andrea (Queen Drea) Reynolds.

Save the boards to memorialize the movement

MAAHMG is partnering with Save The Boards Minneapolis (“STB”) and Memorialize The Movement (“MTM”) to preserve the plywood art murals that were created after the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests. Our goal is to ensure that these plywood murals are preserved and remain accessible to Black communities in the Twin Cities. Save The Boards was created by Kenda Zellner-Smith and Memorialize The Movement was created by Leesa Kelly. An exhibition will be planned for May 2021. "Through art we hope to offer the community a chance to reflect and heal from the trauma of police brutality and systemic racism. The movement is here and Minneapolis is the epicenter. We will not let this story be forgotten." -- Leesa and Kenda.

Photo: Leesa (front), Kenda (back). Visit the "News" tab for more information on the Save the Boards project.

Check out this video of the making of the Black Lives Matter mural, organized by the museum and painted by 16 local artists on Plymouth Avenue.

Thank you to all MAAHMG donors. Your support is appreciated!

Funding has been provided to the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) from the Minnesota Humanities Center thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Thank you!

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by MAAHMG do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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