Operating Hours & Seasons

Ranger standing in front of the Lewis Hayden house explaining his relevance to visitors

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 and at the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center during site hours.

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

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.

Public Tour Schedule:

Public Tours of the Black Heritage Trails are conducted by park rangers on a seasonal basis. Boston African American National Historic Site's 2019 Public Tours began on Memorial Day.

Black Heritage Trail Tours depart from the Robert Gould Shaw 54th MA Regiment Memorial on Beacon Street.

They leave at 1pm, Monday - Saturday.

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.

 
The Museum of African American History rests on the North Slope of Beacon Hill in the former Abiel Smith School.

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 throughout the day for Historic talks detailing the history of the African Meeting House.

To contact the museum for group reservations, please call (617)725-0022.

For admission rates, go to our Plan Your Visit page, or visit the Museum's Boston Campus Page.

Please note that rates and admissions are subject to change.

Last updated: May 31, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15 State Street
Boston African American National Historical Site

Boston, MA 02109

Phone:

(617) 742-5415

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