Our Legacy ~ Our History ~ Our Minnesota Story

Welcome back!

MAAHMG reopens January 12, 2021. In accordance with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's executive orders, MAAHMG will continue to operate under its COVID-19 procedures with temperature checks, limiting the number of people in the museum, and masks are required. Admission is free, however please register for free tickets at Eventbrite, see the links under the "Visit - Locations and Hours" tab on this website.

We're Hiring at MAAHMG!

MAAHMG is hiring for two part-time positions at the museum: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR and COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST. For more information, click the "Exhibitions, Events & News" tab and the link for "Jobs & Opportunities."

History Fellowship at MAAHMG

MAAHMG has a new opportunity for a History Fellowship at the museum in 2021. For more information, click the "Exhibitions, Events & News" tab and the link for "Jobs & Opportunities."

Artist-In-Residence Program at MAAHMG

MAAHMG has a new opportunity for an Artist-In-Residence at the museum in 2021. For more information, click the "Exhibitions, Events & News" tab and the link for "Jobs & Opportunities."

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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

"Art is My Weapon"

Art is My Weapon is an exhibition where art sparks social change around the issue of gun violence. The organization, founded by Nikki McComb, partners with local organizations, the Minneapolis Police Department and the City of Minneapolis to host gun-by-back programs in the Twin Cities where weapons are decommissioned and distributed to Minnesota artists to create statements about the impact of gun violence in our community. The exhibition is curated by Nikki McComb and John Schuerman, and includes artwork by 15 artists: Betsy Alwin, Katayoun Amjadi, Pedram Baldari, Serena Black, Candice Davis, Sean Garrison, Christopher E. Harrison, John Ilg, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Mike Klein, Nikki McComb, Maria Quinn, Jason Ramey, George Roberts, and Melodee Strong.

January 12, 2021 - April 30, 2021

"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.

Documenting the Uprising

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. See the video on the museum's YouTube channel: MAAHMG.

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.

The MAAHMG is an Award Recipient.

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