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.












Events @ MAAH






     Boston (BOS) | Nantucket (NAN)

Featured Programs

Black Heritage Trail®

Fall Schedule of Guided Tours

Mon. - Sat. | 2pm departure

BOS | Shaw/54th Regiment Memorial


Meet your interpretive ranger from the National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site for a walking tour through Boston’s free African American community of the 19th century. Its residents and visitors led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights. <more>

NMAAHC Grand Opening &

'Lift Every Voice' Watch Party

Sat. | September 24, 2016 | 9am

BOS | 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill


MAAH is an official co-celebrant for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Smithsonian's newest and 19th museum on the mall in Washington, DC. Enjoy this historic moment with us as we enjoy a lite breakfast reception and live stream the festivities in the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. <more>

NMAAHC Grand Opening &

'Jazz Before Sunset' Concert

Sat. | September 24, 2016 | 5pm

NAN | 29 York Street | Five Corners


As the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History & Culture opens in DC, MAAH will be celebrating in the African Meeting House on York Street. Join us for a special concert under the 'Jazz Before Sunset' series umbrella featuring some of the regions best and brightest music artists. <more>

MAAH & WCVB Present

'The Birth of a Nation' Preview

Tues. | October 4, 2016 | 7:30pm

BOS | AMC Boston Common


Nat Turner, an enslaved man and preacher, whose enslaver accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue the enslaved on nearby plantations. He witnesses countless atrocities and orchestrates one of the most memorable uprisings in US history. DUE TO HIGH INTEREST, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN OUR WAIT LIST. <ask to be on our wait list>


Manisha Sinha on 'The

History of Abolition Redux'

Thurs. | November 10, 2016 | 6:30pm

BOS | 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill


Don't miss Dr. Manisha Sinha on 'The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition,' which looks beyond the well-known stories of white abolitionists in America. Sinha has been earning rave reviews for her new book focusing on a more transnational view of the abolition movement. Q&A, reception and book signing follow. <save the date>

MAAH and H+H Celebrate Freedom

with First Night Jubilee Concert

Sat. | December 31, 2016

Details to be announced


The Museum of African American History and Handel and Haydn Society invite you to ring in the new year with us. Discover the role of Boston's black and white abolitionists that led to Lincoln's momentous proclamation, and the part H+H played during Jubilee Day events on January 1, 1863. <stay tuned for more details coming soon.>



Daily calendar


 A L E R T !   Daily schedule is subject to change. Check individual dates on calendar below for MAAH Boston and Nantucket calendar updates.