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Welcome to the International African American Museum! Advanced timed tickets are required for all visitors. Popular dates and times may be sold out.

To honor the untold stories
of the african american journey at one of our country's most sacred sites.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE

The museum documents the journey that began in Africa centuries ago, and still continues today.

At our entrance, the African Ancestors Memorial Garden sprawls across the grounds and reflects on the significance of the historically sacred site of Gadsden’s Wharf—where alongside several others in the Charleston Harbor—an estimated 40% of African captives entered this country. Inside, exhibitions tell the dynamic story of the international African American experience.

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Every day, with every exhibition, program, and resource, we foster empathy and empower visitors with knowledge of the past.

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CENTER FOR
FAMILY HISTORY

A groundbreaking resource for the study and advancement of African American genealogy, with connections to Africa and the African diaspora. We all have stories to share—now is the time to find and tell yours.

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This is a museum where you can create your own experience—from quiet reflection in the African Ancestors Memorial Garden to an immersive, eye-opening tour through our galleries to transformative discoveries in the Center for Family History. Check for updates, read our guidelines, and begin to plan your own journey.

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