The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.





Image: Visit the Museum of African American History - picture of AMH exterior, streetside - pulpit and pews and staircase



A Gathering Place for Freedom


The African Meeting House, built in 1806 by skilled black craftsmen, was the moral center of the African American community for nearly one hundred years and a magnet for all Americans of conscience.

They called it the Abolition Church. The black Faneuil Hall. A beacon on the hill. A center for civil disobedience. A school. A rallying point for the first blacks from the north to serve in the Civil War. A sanctuary, then a synagogue, now a museum.

We ceelb rate history and tell stories of some of the greatest orators and activists of the time, including Frederick Douglass, Maria Stewart, and William Lloyd Garrison, and all the men, women and children whose voices filled this gathering place for freedom and contributed to ending slavery in this nation.

Come to the newly restored African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, the crown jewel of the Museum of African American History’s collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket.

Image: View from the balcony in the African Meeting House.  Sweet Honey in the Rock perform.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, African Meeting House Rededication Celebration, December 2011


African Meeting House Tours and Current Exhibit
Ongoing • Monday - Saturday • 10am - 4pm


Experience the historic restoration of the African Meeting House for yourself with a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. Tour schedule: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Browse the exhibit galleries and view treasures from the Museum's collection.

Museum of African American History • 46 Joy Street • Beacon Hill • Boston
Boston historic sites are accessible for all.
Click here for hours, admission, directions and parking.

Museum Events
For other happenings at the Museum’s Boston and Nantucket historic sites.


Click on Events for updates about the Museum’s Living Legends Awards Gala, annual meeting, guest speakers, lectures, and educational opportunities for adults and children at one of our historic sites on Beacon Hill or Nantucket.


Boston Location


Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston.
Historic sites accessible for all. For more information about the Museum, Black Heritage Trail® guided tours offered by the National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site, exhibits, events, and membership opportunities, visit or call 617.725.0022, ext. 222.


Boston Hours and Directions


Monday through Saturday, 10AM to 4PM
Click here for Hours, admission and directions.

Members and children 12 years and under: FREE

Adults: $5
  • Youth (13 -17) and Seniors (62+): $3
  • Group Rates Available

For More Information

Call the Visitor Center, 617.725.0022

Press contact:
Lynn DuVal Luse
Phone: 617.725.0022, ext. 219

Join Us!


Become a member today and receive benefits the whole family can enjoy!

  • $125 National Trust Fund Friend
  • $50 Susan Paul Family
  • $25 Lewis Hayden Individual
  • $15 Eunice Ross Student/Senior

Additional membership opportunities available with increasing rewards at each level. Click here for information about all the member benefits, including free admission to the Museums in Boston and Nantucket. Click here to make a contribution.


Image: African Meeting House - Experience the Restoration, tours, events, video, photos