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Plan Your Visit

International African American Museum will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 27.

Grand Opening

  • Why was the opening of the Museum delayed? When will the Museum open to the public?

    Originally scheduled for January 21, 2023, the Museum’s opening was delayed while City of Charleston staff and contractors worked to stabilize humidity and temperature levels inside the new building. Those issues are now resolved and building operations have been transferred to the IAAM in preparation for the grand opening on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Tickets reservations are required for entry and may be purchased here. 

  • Can I still become a charter member?

    No, the Charter Membership is closed. Learn more about other Membership opportunities here!

  • How can I learn more about the full schedule of Opening Week events?

    We are working on exciting ways for the entire IAAM Family to engage in festivities during Opening Week. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Can I come to the Opening Ceremony?

    The Opening Ceremony is invitation-only and will honor the individuals and institutions that founded the Museum.

  • Where and when can I buy tickets?

    Reserved time tickets are available now and can be purchased here. If you are a Member, please remember to use your promo code when purchasing your reserved ticket. If you are a Member and have not received your promo code, please contact our Membership Team at [email protected]

Becoming a Member

  • How can I purchase a membership? When can I begin using it?

    Our new Annual Membership program has launched with special benefits designed to enrich your IAAM experience. We have a membership option for everyone. Click here to explore our membership tiers. All memberships are valid immediately upon purchase.

  • How long is my membership valid?

    Memberships are valid for one year through the end of the month. For example, a membership purchased on August 15, 2023, will be valid until August 30, 2024.

  • How can I change my member information? Or get a replacement card? Or ask a membership question?

    Email us at [email protected] or call 843-872-5352 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Is my membership tax-deductible?

    The International African American Museum is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization (EIN 203398254). A portion of your membership is tax-deductible.

    If your question is not answered here, please visit our Contact Us page.

Making a Donation or Gift

  • How can I give?

    The Museum gratefully accepts contributions:

    1. Online, through our secure transaction system
    2. By phone—please call 843-872-5352
    3. By check written to “The International African American Museum” mailed to:

      ATTN: Development Department
      Post Office Box 22761
      Charleston, SC 29413

    All donations are 100% tax deductible.

  • How can I donate artifacts, collections, or other goods?

    Please visit our Object Donation page to inquire about donating artifacts to our collection. Click on the Object Donation button and then select and complete the Collections Object Donation Form.

    To inquire about donating records to the Center for Family History, please visit our CFH Archives Submission page. Click on the CFH Contribute Online button and then select and complete the CFH Archives Submission Form.

  • How can I volunteer?

    The Museum appreciates its growing family of volunteers who play a vital role in many aspects of our mission. To inquire about becoming a volunteer, please visit our Contact Us page. Complete the General Inquiry form, selecting Volunteering in the drop-down menu under I’m Interested In.

    You may be asked to complete an intake survey to share your skills and interests and facilitate your placement.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the museum’s hours?

    Beginning on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, the Museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The last entry time is at 4:00 P.M. We are closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

  • How long does it take to experience the entire Museum?

    We recommend planning to spend approximately 1.5-2 hours experiencing the interior of the Museum. The African Ancestors Memorial Garden also contains monuments, features, and opportunities for reflection, which may extend your visit by about 30-60 minutes.

  • Do you offer tours for school groups?

    Yes. Please go to our Plan Your Visit page, and complete our Large Groups or Student Field Trips form. Our staff will be back in touch soon.

  • How much do tickets cost?

    Ticket prices, hours of operation, and information on scheduling group visits can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

  • What do tickets give me access to?

    Admission includes all exhibits in the interior of the Museum, including special temporary exhibitions and the Center for Family History. The African Ancestors Memorial Garden is open to the public and free to visit at any time.

  • How long are tickets valid?

    For your safety and to ensure an excellent visitor experience, tickets are timed entry and redeemable for entrance only at the time and date specified. Once inside, you are welcome to explore the museum at your own pace.

  • Is the Museum handicap accessible?

    Yes, the IAAM is fully ADA-compliant. Elevators and other accessibility features are indicated on our Visitor Guide floor plan.

  • If I am early or late for my entry time, will I be allowed to enter the museum?

    In order to ensure an enjoyable and safe visit for everyone, late entry is not guaranteed. Those wishing to enter at a later time may be able to exchange their ticket(s) for a later entry time on the same date, by visiting the Admissions counter or calling our ticketing office. Exchanges are subject to available capacity in our timed entry system.

  • Does the Museum offer group discounts? How can I book a group?

    Yes, special group rates and tours are available. Please complete the Large Groups form on our Plan Your Visit page, and a member of our staff will be back in touch soon.

  • Do you have a café?

    Yes, our café is located in the lobby across from the box office counter.

  • Do you have a gift shop?

    Yes, our gift shop is located in the lobby adjacent to the box office counter. It is open during regular museum hours.

Planning an Event

  • Where can I find information about event space rentals?

    To learn more about the spaces we have available for special events rentals, please visit our Private Event Rentals page.

Other General Information

  • Where can I submit a media inquiry?

    Please submit all media inquiries using the Request Media Form located near the bottom of our Media Inquiries page.

  • Where can I see employment opportunities?

    Current employment opportunities can be viewed here.

  • How can I stay connected?

    Join our email newsletter to stay informed about special exhibitions, public programs, and events at the IAAM. You can submit your email in the footer below.

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