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National Museum of African American Music

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Featuring six interactive galleries equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the National Museum of African American Music explores the rich history of black music, touching on more than 50 genres and styles, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop.
Adults $24.95
Seniors 65+ $18.75
Children (7-17) $13.50
Children Under 7 FREE

Your National Museum of African American Music Includes:

  • The Roots Theater - immersive film experiences
  • Wade in the Water - The African American religious experience
  • A Love Supreme - a Harlem Renaissance and the emergence of jazz
  • The Message - urban renewal
  • Rivers of Rhythm Pathways - The evolution of African American music traditions
  • Crossroads - The great migration and the emergence of blues
  • One Nation Under a Groove - influence of R&B

The National Museum of African American Music is dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles that were created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections shine a light on the American soundtrack by combining history and interactive technology, bringing the sounds of our past into the present. Through historic artifacts, intriguing memorabilia, memorable clothing, and state-of-the-art technology, each of the museum galleries shares a unique story and perspective on African American music. This unforgettable museum experience will share the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to help change the world.

The first of six interactive experiences begins in the Roots Theater where visitors watch an introductory film. The Rivers of Rhythm corridor features touch panel interactives and an animated timeline that links American history with American music history. From there, visitors explore the Wade in the Water gallery documenting the history and influence of religious music from indigenous African music that survived during slavery. The Crossroads gallery chronicles the history and influence of the blues. The Love Supreme gallery examines the survival of African indigenous musical traditions in Congo Square and explores the early beginnings of jazz. Finally, the One Nation Under A Groove gallery documents the history and influence of rhythm and blues, or R&B, which emerged in the years following the end of World War II.

National Museum of African American Music

Thursdays through Sundays.
Starting April 1: Wednesday through Sundays
Tours available every half hour starting at 11:00am.
Last tour starts at 4:30pm.

Tour is 90 minutes but guests may take as much time as they like to enjoy the galleries.

Reservations are not required and tour times will be assigned upon arrival based on availability.

Booth Location: 510 Broadway.

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