Visiting a museum or historic site often opens your eyes, sparks deep conversations, and leads to new learnings. Now’s the perfect time to do just that during Black History Month! This annual celebration each February in the U.S. honors the struggles and achievements of African Americans.
In addition to being amazing destinations to live and work in, each Blueground city has opportunities for personal growth. Want to discover the stories and communities that make these cities special? Start by exploring the important landmarks and institutions nearby.
Not sure where to start? As a guide, here are nine destinations in cities throughout the U.S. that will inspire your growth, curiosity, and understanding:
One of the Smithsonian’s newest museums, the NMAAHC explores over 600 years of history. Its exhibits concentrate on slavery and freedom, military accomplishments, visual arts, cultural impact, and more.
Entry is free with timed passes, and it takes several hours to walk through the entire museum. Want to dive even deeper? The museum also offers online events each week.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art opened its doors over 20 years ago to explore and celebrate art, education, and community. It houses unique exhibitions, hands-on programming, and artistic creations in various mediums. MoCADA also provides a space for reflection and dialogue on social and political issues.
Keep in mind that you can visit by appointment only, so you’ll need to schedule your visit before you go. Single adult tickets cost $10.
A Smithsonian affiliate, the DuSable Museum of African American History is the nation’s oldest independent African American museum. The name comes from Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the Haitian-born founder of Chicago. This amazing space has more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, historical items, and more.
Visit solo or with a group during Black History Month. Either way, it’s only $14.50 for a single adult ticket. Exhibits include a historical journey through freedom and resistance toward equality, works from local artists, and information about major events from the past.
History comes alive at the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center*. Located where Colorado’s first Black female doctor once lived, the museum shows the role African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the American West.
This one-of-a-kind museum in the Mile-High City costs just $10 for a single adult ticket. It features educational materials, historic artifacts, exhibits, and hands-on programming. Don’t miss the sidewalk outside the museum that displays the names and likenesses of several famous Black cowboys.
*As of February 2022, the museum is closed for restorations, but will open again soon.
If you want exercise and education at the same time, visit the Black Heritage Trail. This 1.6-mile walking tour explores 14 sites and the history of the Black community that lived near Beacon Hill in the 19th century—before, during, and after the Civil War.
Some of the sites you’ll see include former homes, schools, businesses, and churches, as well as Underground Railroad stations. The National Park Service offers free, guided tours that last approximately 90 minutes. Or explore the trail on your own!
Featuring five art exhibitions, from layered silk tapestries to short films, the Museum of the African Diaspora celebrates the history, art, and cultural richness that came due to the global dispersal of Africans.
A Smithsonian affiliate, MoAD’s current exhibits address identity for young men-of-color, examine socio-politics around gender and skin tone, honor the past, and pose questions about traditional African images. Adult tickets are $12 each (by reservation), and there’s even more online—readings, lectures, and discussions by local artists.
Concentrating on African Americans in California and the West from 1800 to the present, CAAM is a hub for exploring art, history, and culture. It features a variety of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and artifacts—over 5,000 in total.
The museum’s programming is diverse, with talks, workshops, and special events. Better yet, entry is free! Exhibits during Black History Month look at the relationship between art and religion, pieces that integrate the human form and text, and the powerful history of the Buffalo Soldiers.
Housed in the historic Colman School building (the first school in the area to admit Black students) in Seattle’s Central District, the Northwest African American Museum showcases the rich history of African Americans in this area of the U.S.
Right now, you can explore exhibits for free online by video, participate in virtual education programs, and take part in events featuring local authors and artists. The latest online exhibits include portraits of impactful Black women and an exploration of ceramic sculptures that tie to culture.
Finally, there’s the Texas African American History Memorial. It was erected in 2016 only steps from the Texas Capitol building and recognizes the contributions Black heroes, leaders, and communities made to Texas. Its scope is vast, capturing historical events and people from the 1500s to today.
The memorial’s most prominent depiction is that of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), when African Americans were freed from slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday in the U.S. in 2021.
No matter which of these U.S. museums or sites you get a chance to visit, you’re certain to enrich your life with a deeper knowledge of cultures and people.
Of course, there’s even more to each of these cities! Pack light and make the most of your experience by staying in a fully furnished Blueground apartment. These move-in-ready spaces come equipped with all you need, so you can unwind after long days spent exploring.
Interested in learning more about Black History Month? Here are additional resources to help you dig deeper: