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.




Image: Experience the newly restored African Meeting House - click on image to learn more about this historic restoration.


46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill


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.

Abiel Smith School

The Abiel Smith School (1835) is the oldest public school still standing in the United States that was built for the sole purpose of educating African American children. Its walls tell the story of abolition and equal education. More


African Meeting House


Image: African Meeting House


The first African Meeting House (1806) is the oldest extant black church building in the nation. Built by free African American artisans, the Meeting House is the last stop on the Black Heritage Trail®. More

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.



Historically rich tours are led by our partners, interpretive National Park Service Rangers,
Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF). Ranger-guided t
our 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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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