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National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

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118 Reviews

Damon M

1/7/2015

I held two identical all female pampering events in the Alberta Cason Room over the past three in the half years. Without any type of issues. I have a contract from The Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The authorized agent knew what type of event it was when contract was signed. They canceled my event on May 10th by Dr. Joann Martin CEO/Owner less then one week before my event to be held. I'm asking for "Repayment of damages caused by Breach of contract" My event was to be held May 18th,2014 which has now expired. Causing expenditure losses to me.

India M

1/7/2015

Amazing, very informative and awe inspiring as to what black folks have been through.

A'iesha C

1/7/2015

It was scary. I learned a lot though. The bathrooms are in poor condition. Do not take small children, or children who can't handle it, or people who get scared easily along.. Downstairs there are fake private parts in jars for some reason...

Sankaya H

1/7/2015

What a wonderful experience! I loved the different exhibits showcased here.The showcases definitely provided insight the history of African Americans and the struggles they experienced as slaves. The slave ship and lynching exhibits were the most profound to me, providing great detail and explicit visuals to complement the stories of the African American ancestors. A must-see if you're in the Baltimore area.

ashia m

1/7/2015

absolutely love it!

Melissa T

3/31/2015

Took a group of students years ago. .Enjoyed it immensly

Edward C

5/5/2015

THIS IS MY DADDYS ACCOUNT BC..MY PHONE TAKEN😂😂.BUT I WENT THERE ON A TRIP OVER MY SPRING BREAK AND IT WAS VERY EDUCATIONAL AND IT WAS REAL COOL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY PEOPLE&MY HISTORY..JUST TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHERE I CAME FROM.IM 13BTW

Sandra M

6/14/2015

Very powerful and extremely sad along with disturbing. I am saddened by all the atrocities that was inflicted among many Black people. I would go again if I am ever in Maryland again.

Inez J

6/14/2015

I've visited several times and there's never been a dull moment. Observing and thinking I've gotten the feeling of actually being in the time period of a couple of the exhibits, its heart gripping I learn something new every time.

Winter B

7/22/2015

Truly a must !! It is imperative for all people of color to visit one of the most informative Black historical Museum of all times. Upon entering you see wax replicas of Hannibal Barca the greatest general of antiquity W.E.B. DuBois who started NAACP and Booker T Washington some of the most strong and brave African people. There stories are the same struggles we face today. There are detail and very graphic scenes of Africans slaves women,children and men shackled and packed like sardines in slave ships. Its heart wrenching but you still get a since of pride of how strong your ancestors were to survive the brutal atrocities during the trans atlantic slave trade . Atrocities that were and still are placed upon them by there cold heart white oppressors by totalitarianism. all to familiar. the struggles of a people broken nation stolen from the land, forgotten language and destroyed and misplaced by a race of people who are all to evil and unconscious to any one existence but there own.

Evelyn T

10/20/2015

AWESOME EXPERIENCE! GOD BLESS THE FOUNDERS FOR PROVING SUCH A WEALTH OF HISTORY NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THR NATION!

Carolyn V

1/11/2016

The ancestors souls reside in this place, it is spiritual in nature. Every person of African dissent should have this experience once-in-a-lifetime❤️🌹❤️ thank you Great Blacks and Wax!

Monica W

4/9/2016

What a great venue to share our incredible and rich history with my children. I wish all of our people could learn about our past so we can more clearly understand our present and be able to make better decisions that will more positively affect our future!!! Painful but very necessary!

Erin S

4/9/2016

The idea of the contribution is great, but the displays are simply subpar. They are falling apart and are held together by poor Gorilla Glue jobs and bubble wrap and packing tape in place of a sew job. The staff is fantastic and very knowledgable and kind.

Avon H

4/9/2016

If you love history of all kinds, this place here is a wonder. Go and check it out. The cost per adult, I recall as 13.00, I think. There is a slave ship that is very similar to the Dutch country of Curacao in Willemstad Museum.

Vaughn A

5/13/2016

This is a phenomenal, realistic, and motivating exhibit of African Americans and how far they have journeyed and accomplished. This is a must see for anyone interested in learning and experiencing African American culture. Going to this museum is worth the time and the investment. Go and give to keep this museum open and running.

Frank H

7/1/2016

It has a very good representation of blacks who have been very instrumental and influential in making life better for all Americans.

Shaneen S

11/6/2016

This was such an awesome and amazing experience. This museum was explicit and you get such a better understanding of things in black history. However much pay is, its worth it.

Anna G

11/6/2016

The concept is wonderful. They need to thoroughly clean this museum and maintain it better.

Jonell M

11/6/2016

A most go if you love learning and you most know about your history it's key to empowering yourself! BECOME WOKE!

Nelle S

12/26/2016

Great place to find out our history. Wax figures look closely like people in history

Wolf R

12/26/2016

There are few places that cover the expansive history of Black diaspora, let alone in wax!

This place is perfect for school trips, but some areas may not be appropriate for those under 15 years of age.

Travelyon B

2/1/2017

Awesome experience. Have been about 10 times(I'm from Delaware) and will continue to go and support such a beautiful display of not only African American history, but alot of untold American history.

Blake W

3/9/2017

More persons definitely should visit to support this institution. I haven't been since a school trip and I got more out of it as an adult. I loved the exhibit documenting the histories of Egypt and Ethiopia. The museum does have its campy moments but I do find it to be a more nuanced and honest telling of the African diaspora than the Slavery+Martin Luther King=Obama narrative.

Annie B

3/9/2017

It was such an awesome experience so much history was there it brought tears to my eyes to see how far we have come but we still have a long way to go you will enjoy it it's a good place for children also

Lisa B

3/9/2017

I took my mom, daughter, neice and nephew to visit yesterday it's a pretty great experience and a lot of untold history.The building that's attached are abandoned which makes the site unattractive. It's very unkept, quit dusty but the staff are friendly and helpful. A one time visit is all I need.

Trina W

3/9/2017

Loved it. The statues made you feel like you were there during slavery

Tykie H

4/13/2017

Very powerful experience. i believe the older you are, the more you will get from it. Understanding how things use to be and how we take the little things for granted.

Troy N

4/13/2017

Very informative. Also has some pretty graphic expressions of a darker time in our history but very powerful and emotional art.

Crysta C

5/14/2017

You would think for what information and education the museum offers it would be in a nice building with proper structure lighting bathroom facilities and display racks. But no, that's definitely not the case. The building is ran down. The display stand and the lighting are terrible. No ease of access for disabled persons and the space is so tight and small that only a handful of people can view things at a time. It is just simply raggedy in that building. City of Baltimore you should be ashamed of yourself for not investing in a suitable and sophisticated venue for our people to Educate and celebrate the history and Legacy of African American culture.

Samuel C

5/14/2017

Mid-sized museum featuring many displays, including many wax figures of Black's who have made significant contributions to America's history. Also includes scenes depicting those enslaved during the voyage to America, and on plantations. Of significant interest to those interested in Black history.

Rodney J

6/17/2017

This place gets to the heart of the quick. It doesn't hidden the truth about the cruelty of white enslavers, white supremacy and black resistance to all of it. It also highlights the triumph of the black spirit!

Darryl M

6/17/2017

The wax figures are very well done. The history is excellent. You can learn a lot of history in 90 minutes with a self guided tour.

Charles W

6/17/2017

This is one of the most emotionally challenging experiences in life. Walking through the pages of time, seeing the struggles, as well as, the progression of Black people in spite of all obstacles, is very moving. This is something that should be experienced by all people, especially the youth.

Rhonda W

7/18/2017

Wax museum is a wonderful place to learn history. Located in Baltimore city. It is a hidden treasure. Full of wax depictions from history current. It is inexpensive. Worth the time to learn, to listen and become a part of your history. Recommended for educational purposes

Michael S

7/18/2017

Enjoyed it! The lynching was interesting but made me mad. I'm sure other people were too. Overall good experience

Marjorie A

7/18/2017

The wax figures and history of the museum is awesome and outstanding.

However, conditions of the building is

horrible, inside needs major repair.

The bathrooms are unsanitary and run down. Peeling paint and lack of air

upstairs causes a foul oder. This building is likely to be condemn

A new building is greatly needed, if we are to reserve our history.

Ronika B

8/20/2017

This place is powerful. It informed me about people that I have never heard of that fought for our freedom and killed on our behalf. I also learned important facts about history that I was never taught. But if you are reading this, they are in need of donations for a new facility. I believe you can just go on the website to donate. The facility needs work to make it a more modernized and fresh environment. Definitely go visit.

Borikenazul B

8/20/2017

Interesting learning experience, however, the place is very dusty and has no air conditioner, so be prepared to sweat. Parking is not paved and the staff is not motivated to show the area at all. It is located in a difficult neighborhood so be aware of that. In my case I had traveled for a few hours just to go there so, I didn't have a choice of not to go in. I think $15.00 per person is overpriced ( I went with my whole family) for what it is.

The M

9/22/2017

Enjoyed my time here! Building in desperate need of repair, funding and or leadership the can secure more $$$ to upgrade and update facility. Some wax figures in need of repair. Needs more of a logical order for placement of wax figures.

Michael D

9/22/2017

A very informative museum on the greatness of black people from the motherland of Africa onto our bloody, many time deadly journey to the Americas. The many major contributions we continually sow in the USA. The full truth, good and bad is told here. Thank you for educating us!

Fred A

10/25/2017

This is perhaps the most emotionally charged American history museum. Although it depicts the truth, it is not for the light hearted. Scenes of torture, abuse and slavery are prominent and graphic. Warning: some scenes and exhibits are not suitable for children. (A sign on the wall asks that you "don't be bitter or despondent over what you see". Not an easy feat.)

Daniel C

10/25/2017

Wonderful place.

It needs improvements that I know a coming. With that I know it will reach its full potential

Memberberry D

10/25/2017

Been coming here since I was in the single digits. Always loved the grittyness. The building is in serious need of a upgrade though. Appriecated the work being done here though.

Rough &

12/25/2017

Every HUMAN being should see this museum and a must for persons of color. Graphically and visually displayed to feel and imagine what my people endured and presently enduring. The staff was friendly and the guide was more than knowledgeable of Black history. The museum will be modernized in the upcoming year let’s not lose focus of the message and information that is presented in this wonderful, food for thought exhibit!!

shameek m

12/25/2017

For as many years as this museum has been established, I have only just visited. It was very informative and was much larger than I expected. I am excited about their expansion .

Diane C

1/27/2018

Amazed at the thought and pure love put into this museum. Yes it is dated and could use some help. But it is has only the support of the patrons not government. I like 50+ miles away, and only recently found out about it through a news story on NPR. I was there today and saw a special presentation "Who Killed Emmet Till?" I will back more frequently and bringing others....Thank you all for beings so real and welcoming.

As for comments about dust and spiderwebs, in a way I am grateful, in many of the exhibits the eyes of the mannequins seemed to have souls looking right into into mine

Babylovesg E

1/27/2018

Great concept, poor execution.... Needs more support dollars to make the experience better... stuffy, musty, dirty rails, bathrooms and the exhibits needs some LOVE... I will not ever go back😩

stephanie t

2/27/2018

The concept is good, but it needs some work. Nelson Mandela has been dead since 2013. There were other notables who have also passed but noone has updated their profile. This is a very small detail that speaks volumes about the people who manage the museum. No one at the museum cared enough to change the sign that was printed from a computer.

The museum highlights many African Americans which is great. Kids should see it. The slave ship is very moving.

My husband was a student of Dr. Martin, the founder of the museum. My husband believes that Dr. Martin would be proud that the museum is still open, but saddened by its worn condition.

Tamrat K

2/27/2018

Excellent exhibits and very insightful presentations. The lady at the front desk was not that friendly.

LaTanya L

4/1/2018

1 guided tour was better than 3 of my previous visits combined. To hear an elder give my 12y/o daughter, her schoolmates and myself an in-depth history lesson brought tears to my eyes. The detail "grandmother" gave when she told her stories is something these kids will have forever. We will be returning a 5th time & donating to the expansion!!!!

Kimberly P

4/1/2018

I had a wonderful time went here this day as a class feild trip with my daughter. I have been multiple times, definitely educational!

Tiara P

5/1/2018

I loved it!! Very detailed. Some of the wax figures fingers feel off but hey what u expect..it was self guided..my girls loved the experience. Even down stairs but some children may can't handle downstairs.. It's very detailed and realistic looking!! But overall a learning experience!😊

true1divakl

5/1/2018

I visited Baltimore recently and it's always inspiring to take in a museum. The cost is very reasonable and there are quite a few exhibits to see. Lots of reading on small signs however which I think could be distracting for kids and difficult for the elderly or sight impaired. A few figures were damaged as well. I did learn a lot throughout my visit. They are advertising for contributions with the hope of expanding and refurbishing. With any luck I hope they are successful in their efforts. It's worth a visit for a great cause.

Chrisy M

5/1/2018

I took my daughter here a few years ago and every time we visit Baltimore, she asks to go back. This museum shines light on the true past of our country as well as the current conditions. It’s so important that our youth today come here to be compelled to be apart of the change and a positive future that is in their hands.

Maryam S

5/31/2018

This was one of my favorite museums. Not at all now. Over priced for the quality of the exhibits. It doesn't appear to have been updated in years. More signs indicating what and how to get to the exhibits are needed. I appreciate the effort but it's moved way down on my must visit if in Baltimore list.

Wender H

7/2/2018

Okay this is an interesting place to visit however they need to do some work to the place. Also the staff was none existence when we were leaving people was coming in and there were no one to collect the entrance fee. Poor. There were no one inside to even ask questions. Could do much better.

Morena t

8/2/2018

Still looks the same. We're all should be donating to keep this going. I was here over 20 years ago and it was important the children saw it also. Great experience.... I won't share all the photos... you need to see it physically! It's a must

Folgers F

8/2/2018

Visited this museum today and it was very informative. There are three levels of information and exhibits displayed. Mahalia Jackson, Booker T Washington, Barrack Obama, Mary Bethune, Jesse Owens, Ancient Egyptians, slave displays, white abolonist, FUBU and Exxon founders, etc. There is a lot and it's worth a visit. The museum could definitely use a renovation. The smell of dust and anything ancient lingers around. Some exhibits didn't have lights on them so people passed by without knowing they were there. Parking is free and admission was $15 per adult.

Sirena B

10/5/2018

Great place! More work needed in the customer service area. Great information and exhibits, just a tight place. I look forward to the expansion!

It i

10/5/2018

I have been there 2 weeks ago and I really love this so much and have a lot of interesting things to see what people did in the past. My girlfriend Angela also went along with me and she really love this as well and it is really awesome and beautiful .

Nice people to help us out with many things to discover the history from what happened in the past .🌹

Claudette R

10/5/2018

This is truly an amazing place that stirs all kinds of emotions. One had to be really confident to remain grounded. All in all an educational experience

Claire C

11/8/2018

A very interesting place. Convenient to get to. Good displays. It could use some updates and a sprucing up. They should try to do serious fundraising to bring the place up to date

Ms. B

11/8/2018

Great messages to the cultured community! However, it couldn't hurt to update the appearance and maybe add more "interaction points" (push a button to start narratives and lighting effects). Takes the stress off of kids not wanting to read, but still take home a message!

Bay B

11/8/2018

My family and I came here to share the experience with my daughter of how her ancestors coped with life and what we had to endure. Some of the exhibits are falling apart and they desperately need to be maintained. Outside of that, we still enjoyed our time there and it's just as I remember when I was in school 20+ years ago.

R W

11/8/2018

Dr. Martin & her staff of docents does a great Job in explaining the wax figures & their stories.

Carol C

12/8/2018

It pulls a variety of aspects of the African American experience under the light of words and three dimensional representations in a self determined museum experience environment. A good stop for people who can understand and read US English. The museum relies on donations and is not OVERLY commercial. For this reason it is a bit rustic....no high dollar "Disney" or Smithsonian experience, but a must see for those unexposed to the sad details of slavery, or as a way to introduce your kids to the topic. I recommend parents be prepared to witness the shameful past, and also guide the kids to see the positivity in the message.

Marilyn R

12/8/2018

I don't want to be negative, but it was in no way what I expected. The website is very misleading. "museum" is in very shabby condition and unclean the stairways very dark and unsafe. It was like, I have your money now so what. The staff upfront was just there. I was disappointed. I would not recommend a visit. Needs updating and to be handicap assessible.

Mwalimu P

12/8/2018

Very interesting place. I felt a connection to this museum years before i even decide to visit.

Tarika G

1/9/2019

The museum itself needs work as its outside appearance doesn't do the history within its walls any justice.

It is however a place all African Americans should come to visit, the young and the old. Truly people from all walks of life should make it a point to visit this museum. The history and the message that lives within these walls are profound. There is one exhibit that says...."Now we lynch ourselves!" Introduced by a sign that says..Blvd of Broken Dreams. This speaks volumes!!! Black lives do matter!! So if this is as true as the words itself, we need to love one another and stop killing ourselves and each other. This exhibit is powerful and worth seeing! The tribute to President Barack Obama is beautiful. This museum holds alot of great knowledge about our history. Inventions by black people that you may not even have about. It's worth a visit!

Andrae T

1/9/2019

Love the place! So much history in the building does really open your eyes. Makes you want to be a better person and help others also.But building does need a remodeling job soon. Maybe we can all donate when we leave at the box so they can fix it up. Thank you guys for the history. We will be back!

Lisa D

1/9/2019

I've been to this museum twice and both visits were profound. Very educational... parts of US history that many want to forget but should never be forgotten. This visit began with a guide that spoke about the initial exhibits. He was awesome in his explanations. We were then ushered into a replica of a slave ship where me met one of the founders who gave details on this part of the museum. She was great and provided a feel for what it was like to be kidnapped and enslaved in this way... after that we were left to roam and read for ourselves. Most of the exhibits were well captioned. My issues were the crampness of the museum and the low budget feel... other than that it was very educational and interesting to see so many familiar faces in Wax.

Ryan M

1/9/2019

Well worth a visit. Unique collection, where the passion of the owners is evident throughout. The museum itself is a work of art, and the huge number of wax figures covering a wide range of topics. The exposition of the slave experience in colonial America pulls no punches and is better for it.

Cherished V

2/11/2019

It's located in a part of Baltimore that may be less than desirable for some, but this museum is a must go to for those interested in the African Diaspora and the history of their descendants in America. It's truly a one of a kind place with some of the most disturbing images that I've found on the subject. The museum is small (we were able to get through it in 2-3 hours) and can use a bit of updating as some of the exhibits are showing wear & tear. They do not have an eating or dining area & the gift shop was closed on the day we visited. The only bathrooms are located at the exit/entrance & they look like elementary school restrooms, but they were clean. Overall, a great day trip! I'll never miss a chance to enjoy this museum & hope that they can remain open & continue expanding their exhibits.

Keena M

3/12/2019

This place is amazing! There were a couple figures and descriptions missing but nonetheless, the tour guide was knowledgeable and the museum itself has history! My dad took me here when I was little and I took my kids two weeks ago, the same figures are there and that's amazing to me! I do feel they need some funds to help preserve and update the museum.

Ogechukwu W

3/12/2019

This place is awesome. Very educational, informational, and evocative. Every black person in America ought to visit this place, and anybody interested in genuine history ought to visit too. It showcases the two sides of black history in America...the sad and the triumphant. It celebrates the achievements of many black people and even has some wax figures dedicated to Africa's exceptional leaders. Those wax figures are real enough that you'd think they were real people at every turn. The museum also covers America's unfortunate histories -lynching and Slavery. You think you know a thing or two about the History of slavery and yet a visit to the slaveship leaves one stunned! As for the lynching section, I just didn't have the stomach for it but I still visited. I was glad to see parents and their kids walk through the museum, and listened curiously to the kids' questions about the historical characters that they encountered. "Know thyself" is well said.

Shana T

3/12/2019

A Historic Experience.

Though the place is small and dated it is more than worth a visit. I went with my 9yr old son and 12yr old neice and it was a moving experience for us all. Some of the exhibits even brought tears to my eyes, like the lynching exhibit that both the children chose to see. You would probably spend an hour to 2 hours if you read everything.

naomi m

4/14/2019

A great experience. I will be returning for as long as I am physically able. Great lessons of our history and excellent displays.

Nicholas B

5/14/2019

Great experience took 41 high school students and 9 chaperones from Cali. Staff was late but they accommodate our large group last minute and were very friendly. The museum needs some updating but it is very powerful.

Brittany W

5/14/2019

There's a lot to see and feel here. It needs some serious updating though as it's pretty tight in there.

Moe P.

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5/7/2018

I wish they had more funding and space but believe they are a wonderful attraction for our city. There are lots of original wax figures and so many story's...read this and 37 more

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