46 Joy Street,
10am - 4pm, except Sundays
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Among the most important National Historic Landmarks in the nation, the African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill were
built in the early 1800's and are two of the museum's most valuable assets. Located steps away from the Massachusetts State House in what once was the heart of
Boston's 19th-century African American neighborhood, these
buildings remain a showcase for community organizing and an enduring
testimony to black craftsmanship. Once a church, a school, and vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House has been returned to its 1855 appearance through historic restoration and is open to the public for talks and tours, our events and yours. The Abiel Smith School, the nation's oldest public school for African American children, currently houses first-class exhibit galleries, education programs, caterers' kitchen, and a museum store filled with books and inspired gifts.
BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL®
MAAH's walking tours encompass the largest collection of historic sites in
the country relating to the life of a free African American community
prior to the Civil War. Discover this important history as you stroll through the north slope of Beacon Hill. Come into the Museum, the last stop on the tour, and let the amazing stories of America's past continue.
FREE GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
tours are led
by our partners, interpretive National Park Service Rangers,
American National Historic Site (BOAF). Ranger-guided tour schedules are subject to change; please check back for updates or visit the National Park Service BOAF website for more information and alerts:
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FREE SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR MAPS
For more information about leading your own Black Heritage Trai® tours, groups of
five or more, seasonal tours,
and tours from the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.
Call BOAF at 617.742.5415