Education Programs

TEACHER PROGRAMMING    Public Programming 

The Museum of African American History’s educational programs are rooted in our historic sites, collections, exhibitions, and cutting-edge scholarly research. 

Our programs connect colonial and early African American History and culture in Boston, Nantucket, and the larger New England area with the abolition of slavery and current explorations of race and the struggle for human rights. The Museum offers a variety of educational experiences for families, schools (grades 7-12 and college), and corporations. 

To schedule a guided tour, learn more about educational programs, or inquire about partnerships for public programming contact us at 

Guided Tours MAAH


Guided Exhibit Tours

Virtual or In-Person 

All Ages, In-Person Group Limit of 25

Join one of our Staff Educators as they guide your group through the current exhibition on display. This includes a tour of our historic properties in Boston or Nantucket and a general overview of the 18th/19th c. African American communities that occupied these locales and led the fight to end slavery.

Writing Boston's Future Fellowship 


Grades 7-12, Application Required

This National Park Service supported program partners the Museum with the Boston Writing Project (BWP) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to help decolonize education for African American youth in secondary schools. Selected student, family, and educator fellows resuscitate the spirit of Boston’s Black Abolitionists to help transform the curriculum, teaching and learning, and to support writing growth around racial equity. To learn more and complete an application, please click apply below. Applications are due December 15, 2023, at 5 pm. 




Public Programs

In-Person or Virtual

The Museum serves as a partner with many cultural organizations and academic institutions in planning and hosting public programs. Examples of these types of collaborations include the National Park Service, American Ancestors/NEHGS, the Boston Public Library, Handel and Hyden Society, The Teachers' Lounge, Boston’s First Night, The Boston Writing Project at UMass Boston, The Black Student Union at Harvard's Graduate School of Education University, amongst others. More information on upcoming programs can be found at


Place-Based Boston Graduate Institute

In-Person and Virtual Components

Free for Boston Public and Charter School Teachers, K-12

Place-Based Boston is a collaborative of historically, naturally and culturally significant sites made up of six organizations in Boston: Museum of African American History, National Park Service, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Revolutionary Spaces, and the USS Constitution Museum.

In July, 2023, in preparation for the 250th commemoration of the nation's founding, Place-Based Boston partners will host a week-long summer institute themed around voice and action. Participants will explore how these themes have shaped the City of Boston over the centuries, and how these stories have sustained relevance and continue to inspire people today.

Course information:

• Teaching with Historic Places: A Community-Based Approach for K-12 offered by Framingham State University 

Participants will earn 3 graduate credits and design projects incorporating Place-Based Boston sites' resources


  • All guided tours require a reservation in advance. Scheduling is subject to educator availability

  • If you have a group larger than 25 people for a guided tour, we are still happy to work with you to figure out the best way to accommodate your group. Contact us at for details and fees.

  • Education programs and guided tours last between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the program and audience.

MLK Summer Scholars Program 

Boston Area High School Students 

Each summer since 2007, the Museum has hosted several Boston area high school students for paid internships through John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program.  Each summer, our Scholars have had the wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history of Boston’s 19th-century black community on Beacon Hill, learn about the inner workings of a small non-profit, and gain valuable professional skills.