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.



Nantucket Campus
29 York Street
, Five Corners, Nantucket




2015 Seasonal Hours:


Spring & Summer: June - September      

12pm - 4pm - Sundays

10am - 4pm - Monday - Friday
10am - 2pm - Saturdays
, plus...

Walking tours @ 9am & 3pm - Saturdays

Other hours by appointment


Fall: October - December       

11am - 4pm - Tuesday - Sunday           

Other days by appointment


Winter: January - May

11am - 4pm - Friday - Sunday           

Other days by appointment


General Admimssion - $5.00

Members - Free

12 yrs & under - Free

13 - 17 yrs - $3.00

Seniors 62 + $3.00


Donations welcome

African Meeting House

The Afr
ican Meeting House is the only public building constructed and occupied by African Americans in the 19th century still standing on Nantucket.  The small post-and-beam building, a National Historic Landmark, is the island’s most vivid reminder of a thriving 19th-century black community. More

Boston-Higginbotham House
Image: Florence Higginbotham House, Nantucket
The Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House was built before the Revolutionary War on land purchased in 1774 by Seneca Boston, a weaver and formerly enslaved man whose family maintained the house until 1918. He exemplified the black Nantucket community that began forming in 1710. More

Image: Black Heritage Trail, Nantucket
The Black Heritage Trail� on Nantucket features nine stops and is divided into two segments, Downtown and New Guinea. New Guinea is the section of Nantucket where blacks lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. More
Nantucket Events
The Museum of African American History on Nantucket features two historic sites, the African Meeting House and the Florence Higginbotham House. These buildings were at the center of a thriving nineteenth-century African American community on the island. The Museum presents cultural programs and interpretive exhibits on the history of African Americans on Nantucket, and makes the African Meeting House available for ceremonies and special events. A project to preserve and restore the Florence Higginbotham House is underway with generous support from the Community Preservation Committee of Nantucket and the Tupancy-Harris Foundation.

Ideal location for your event
Make plans to visit the Museum's Nantucket Campus and consider planning a wedding, lecture, concert, film screening, or other special event in MAAH's historic African Meeting House. This pristinely restored building accommodates 80 in comfortable pew seating and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds perfectly suited for outdoor receptions and gatherings.

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