Operating Hours & Seasons

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) 725-0022, ex. 22 for group reservations and for admission fees.


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:

Summer 2017 Public Tour Schedule:

June 6, 2017 - July 1, 2017:
Public Tours will be offered Tuesday-Saturday at 1 p.m. Morning tours may be available for school group reservations with advanced notice.

July 3, 2017 - August 26, 2017: Public Tours will be offered Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m.

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15 State Street
9th Floor

Boston, MA 02109

Phone:

(617) 742-5415

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