Operating Hours & Seasons

The Black Heritage Trail®
The Black Heritage Trail® explores the history of the 19th century African American community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time, Monday through Sunday. Maps and site brochures can be obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours.

For a map of the Black Heritage Trail® please click here.

Ranger guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail® are conducted as follows:

Winter Season: No Ranger guided tours conducted.

Spring/Summer Season (May 25th, 2015 - August 29th, 2015): Tours offered at 10, 12, and 2 o'clock, Monday through Saturday. Tours can accommodate up to 15 people. Groups must make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance.

Schedules are subject to change. Please call (617) 742-5415 for information and reservations.

The Museum of African American History

The Museum of African American History's Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House are open to the public year round, six days a week, Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

National Park Rangers are available there throughout the day for historic talks. Please call (617) 742-5415 for group reservations.

Special Events

Throughout the year Boston African American National Historic Site offers specialized programs on a variety of topics relating to the African American community in Boston. For more information, please see our Calendar of Events.


PLEASE NOTE: The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial is owned by the City of Boston, is located on the Boston Common and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School are owned by the Museum of African American History. The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School are open to the public during site hours only and house the National Park Service visitor area. All of the other sites on the Black Heritage Trail® are privately owned and are not open to the public.

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