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

The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, both built in the early 1800's, are two of the Museum of African American History's most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th-century African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship. Once a church, a school, a vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House is open to the public. The Abiel Smith School, the nation's first public school for African American children, currently houses a first-class exhibit space and the museum store.

Abiel Smith School

The nation's first public building erected

for the purpose of educating African

American children (1835). The school is

one of the final stops on the Black Heritage

Trail® and home of MAAH's exhibit galleries

and Museum Store. More


African Meeting House


Image: African Meeting House


The African Meeting House (1806),

a National Historic Landmark is the oldest etand black church building in the United States. Built by free African American artisans, the Meeting House is the last stop on the Black Heritage Trail®. More


10am - 4pm, except Sundays


General Admission

- Adults- $5.00

- Youth (13-17)- $3.00

- Seniors 62+ $3.00

Free Admission

- MAAH Members - Join today!

- Children age 12 and under

Store & tours included with admission

MAAH offers a free walking tour encompassing the largest collection of historic sites in the country

relating to the life of a free African American community prior to the Civil War.



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


Monday - Saturday


Memorial Day to Labor Day:

     SUMMER |10:00am, 12:00noon, 2:00pm


  Labor Day to Memorial Day:

     FALL | Labor Day through November 7 | 2:00pm only

     WINTER | No tours from November 8 through spring | TBD

     SPRING | TBD through Memorial Day | 2:00pm only

     PLEASE NOTE | Tour schedules are subject to change; please check back for updates or

     visit the National Park Service BOAF website for more information and alerts.


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