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®

Ranger-Guided Walking Tours

Off-season tours available on request

BOS | Shaw/54th Regiment Memorial

Admission by donation


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. Tours only available on request during off seasons. Admission by donation. <more>

Leveling the Playing Field:

The Story of the Syracuse 8

Fri. | October 28, 2016 | 5pm/6pm

BOS | 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill

Free admission | Donations welcome


Join us for a conversation about sports, race, and society hosted by MAAH and Northeastern's Center for Sports in Society.  A 5pm reception precedes the 6pm panel discussion with members of the Legendary Syracuse 8 on their controversial petition for racial equality for their 1969-70 football team. The story is the focus of David Marc's recent book "Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8," which will be available for sale and signing at event. <RSVP>

LAST 'Jazz Sunset'

Concert of the Year

Sun. | October 30, 2016 | 5pm

NAN | 29 York Street | Five Corners

Admission by donation


Showcasing outstanding musicians from around the region is the focus of MAAH's Jazz Sunset Concert Series. Featuring Nigel Goss (bass), ECliff Graves (drums), Aidan Sherry (guitar), and Jason Sullivan (guitar) on stage in the African Meeting House on York Stree, the seasonal series hosted by Kathy and Neville Richen comes to a close with a special performance on the last Sunday of October. <RSVP>

Manisha Sinha on 'The

History of Abolition Redux'

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

BOS | 46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill

Admission by donation


Don't miss Dr. Manisha Sinha talking about the incredible response to her new book, '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 the book focusing on a more transnational view of the abolition movement and make insightful connections to the civil rights movement. Q&A, reception and book signing with the author follow. <RSVP>



Nantucket Holiday

Stroll Concert

Thurs. | December 1, 2016

NAN | 29 York Street | Five Corners

Admission by donation


MAAH kicks off the Nantucket Stroll Concert Series on the evening before the island's three-day Nantucket Noel Holiday Festival officially begins! This special MAAH Music concert gets the festivities rolling and introduces the annual celebration of the island’s undeniable charm and sets the stage for events to follow with music and dancing from venue to venue. <RSVP>

Save the Date

Living Legends Awards Gala

Sun. | December 4, 2016 | 4:30pm

BOS | Four Seasons Hotel

Support preservation & education


Join MAAH's board and staff for the annual salute to extraordinary trailblazers whose remarkable accomplishments uphold the legacy of 18th and 19th century black patriots and their colleagues who distinguished themselves on behalf of freedom and justice. Details about this year's elegant gala, considered one of the region's best events, to be announced. <tickets & sponsorship>

MAAH and H+H Celebrate Freedom

with First Night Jubilee Concert

Sat. | December 31, 2016 | 1:30pm

BOS | Boston Public Library

Free admission | Donations welcome


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 President Abraham Lincoln's momentous Emancipation Proclamation signed January 1, 1863. Hear stories of early Boston and the music H+H played for Jubilee Day events during this First Night special concert. <more soon>



Daily calendar


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