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Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Arts & Entertainment, Museums, Arts


Exhibits explore local African-American heritage through themes of family, community, slavery & art.

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108 Reviews

samuel k


There's no future or presence without History.......

samuel k


There's no future or presence without History.......

Barbara V


Historically significant!

Sandra M


Very educational. 2 hours passed so fast. Loved it.

Sheila S


Wonderful exhibits of African Americam history. Love the pictures the atmosphere and the staff. Had the opportunity of attending the 10th anniversary gala. And it was amazing . Keep up the good work.

Richard S


My companion and I went to the museum during the Christmas week, 2015, on a day when lots was happening.

First, though, the Reginald Lewis is easy to get to, parking is readily available, admission is inexpensive, and it's in a thriving part of Baltimore's downtown.

The museum is beautifully designed and constructed, and superbly maintained, with open galleries supported by smaller corridors, fitting the museum's mission of being a place to explore and celebrate African-American history, and then aspects of its culture, including labor history, entertainment, and the arts. The historical and other displays are attractive, striking when first viewed, then absorbing in their supplementary detail. The museum is visually inviting, in other words, while providing meaningful materials that draw people into additional thoughtful meditation.

A lot of African-American history, of course, involves the country's horrific treatment of African-Americans, and the museum doesn't "make nice" with that tragic story. However, the museum also interweaves black labor history and cultural, and artistic development to portray African American resilience and tenacity into the Twentieth Century and the present. Also involved in this supporting material is a focus on the importance of community, not just in Maryland. All in all, this is a fine place to get yourself re-educated, or educated for the first time, about a lot of things you might have skimmed over in high school or college. You can easily spend an hour or two, here, doing that.

On the day we were at the museum there was a lot going on, a Kwaanza celebration and an arts and crafts show, and the staff and participants/ volunteers were having a good time. Museum staff, by the way, are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do.

In one of the galleries was an exhibition of work by Ruth Starr Rose, an artist whose reputation is growing nationally. Regular exhibitions like this are another asset of this place, I gather.

Visiting from Madison, Wisconsin, this was our second trip to Baltimore, but the first one when we devoted time to checking out the city's offerings. The Reginald Lewis Museum is an outstanding attraction, one we'll be back to.

Richard Swanson (and Fanny Aragno)

E'vet F


My family and I truly had a wonderful experience at the Kwanzaa celebration. My children enjoyed the book making, arts and crafts, reading and story telling history , drums and the dancing . We had a wonderful day !!

April R


love it! love it! love it!

Darryl C


This is a great place to visit. Its a beautiful facility and they have very interesting exhibits that really showcase African American art and history.

Scott H


Beautiful spaces and interesting stories being told.

Henry J


Had a very delightful experience in this environment could not stop wondering if I could of survive in that time wow!

Esther-Abigail R


A Groupon experience. The Musuem had a barrage of information on Afro-American history in MD. Provided history on slavery, integration, religion, inventions, agriculture, politics, music, art and the culture from past to present. Very educational for all ethnicities, young and old. They also have jazz artist on Thursdays. Check their website to see the performers. Walked away with some history I never knew existed in MD. One exhibit was interactive most are pictorial with display cards for reading. A must see. There is a cafeteria within the museum for entrées, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. The price of entry reasonable. Parking is hard to find and the garage is expensive. Plan on walking a distance or paying a lot to park. Make it a day trip, the garage is only $8 entry before 9am. I will be returning.

Jennifer M


I had the opportunity to visit the museum while visiting my sister in MD. It was AMAZING. Very warm, welcoming and beautiful. We've had the opportunity to visit the James Pate: Kin Killing Kin exhibition there and we were blown away. I hope to visit the museum again on my next visit to the area.

Jeffrey H


Great great great event I went to during the end of the year season. Love seeing so many beautiful people altogether to learn, sell&buy, promote, and be proud of black culture

V. P


Great museum for events and learning history. Love the kids events!

Sheila S


Really a nice first visit experience . Everybody was friendly and professional.

LaTeri M


Amazing Museum! You will learn a lot about Maryland.

Dionne M


Very Powerful KKK (Kin Killin Kin) display

Lior L


They invested a lot of money here but I felt like it was boring. Only the last floor is interesting, I wouldn't pay the entrance fee again.

Devyn R


I was here for a poetry event. The venue looked great.

Marquita E


I loved this place so much because I got to learn things that I never knew before about Reginald D. Lewis and also much more about my culture. Also I loved this place because this famous great man was born where I was also born at. Which is Baltimore Maryland. This man did a lot of good things that made such a great difference in the world.

Veryne L


Very nice African American Museum in downtown Baltimore. The museum also is used to host a variety of social events such as jazz performances, comedy shows to black tie political fund raisers.

Jt S


Great place it looks amazing learned alot. Me and my daughter loved it

Ashley G


Great museum. Love all of the history focused on Maryland.

CDyches -


The museum is just lovely. Such a wonderful space here in my city. VERY Disappointed that Reginald Lewis Museum did not take a bigger role in the City Lights Festival. Just to display some lights on that wonderful corner that you occupy would have been nice . Love your programming and wish that there was a greater presence in attendance.



A fantastic museum dedicated to the oft left-out contributors to our modern society.

Donna R


This relatively new history and culture museum exceed my expectations. I learned so much about the history and culture of Black in Maryland in one trip. Set aside some time to get through it, the exhibit is bigger than it looks.

Cassandra C


I went for a concert. I really enjoyed it.

Michelle S


Enjoyed learning facts which I had not previously known.

Antonio G


Nice layout. Gift shop was lacking.

Jim B


If you visit Baltimore, you need to go here. Important stories and a polished museum environment.

Michael M


This museum was a beauty. We didn't even see the time go by. So much information and at only $8 for adults, totally worth the trip.

Nyk W


Absolutely a must see. Not just a museum!!

Caron N


People of all ages should visit this museum. It's definitely worth talking about and sharing with others (especially our youth).

Peter D


What a great space!!! No need to wait months for that thing in DC!!! Stay home in Baltimore!

Monique L


Educational for adults as well as of age kids, teaches about our history an some of the things that our ancestors have gone through.

Gomer A


Informative and well worth the two hours. The permanent exhibits on the third floor presented in equal measure the struggles and triumphs of African- Americans from Maryland, including the famous statesman, Frederick Douglass. The museum also highlighted their economic, political, and cultural contributions to the state and the nation.

The museum is housed in a modern and spacious building, an attraction in its own right. It is a 10-minute walk from downtown Baltimore's famed waterfront.

William D


Loved the Kwanzaa festival. Extremely informative and inviting.


Donald C


Went to Kwanzaa celebration. The museum, the activities did the day, the vendors, and the people were all amazing.

Dair B


I was looking forward to this and for good reason. The museum absolutely lived up to my expectations and then some. The RFL Museum does a great job highlighting the many contributions of African Americans to Maryland and beyond. I passed a group of white people at the intersection right before I went in. They were all talking about how it was “on their list.” If it’s on yours (and I hope it is), move it up the list! You won’t regret it. Totally recommended.

Erika G


Had a really good time during the Wakanda celebration! The cost was only $5 p/p, and worth going to learn the history of Wakanda. Good idea for Black History month!

Brenda H


This is a well designed and well conceived museum. It always has interesting and innovative exhibits and programs.



Very cool place. 3 levels of amazing African American history. Highlighting the milestones and achievements with such rich history, hard to believe most of that was all within the last 75 years. Plenty to read, memorabilia and hand made quilts in an amazing building inside and outside. Well worth the $8 admission.

Sonya P


I really enjoyed it. Very informative and the collection/exhibits were very personable and relatable. Lots of good history as it relates to MD and the world.

Victor W


Absolutely amazing museum filled with a ton of artifacts. The space is not very large but it's packed full of descriptions, videos, and everything is well laid out. Staff is friendly and the admission price is extremely reasonable. Love the comfy couches that they had in the 2nd floor exhibit. Not very crowded when I went on a Sunday.

Ben M


Great exhibits that dive into the unique history of Maryland. Add to this the very knowledgeable staff and live history performances and you've got a real winner.

Beni D


Excellent venue. Parking lot is adjacent to building. A wonderful gift shop. Well planned exhibits and workshops.

Etolia B


This is an extraordinary cultural museum representing African American contributions to Maryland, national exhibits, local live museum and excellent food. They have it All! I'm happy to be a member.

Brenda B


This place was nice, but you had to pay for parking. Nice place to visit if you are downtown Baltimore. Close to Baltimore harbour. That was real nice. It was clean and good information.

Chanel R


The museum is beautiful. The exhibits are kept clean and in great condition. The prices are reasonable. I wish there were more guides that could give you a little more background information on the different exhibits.

Daryl N


I give this place 5 stars for Donna in the genealogy department on 4. The staff is also very nice. Too much local history for my interest. Some if the art work is anazing. There is a wax museum that I think has broader appeal, just not close. This location and layout is perfect. It's only $8.

Derrick M


Extensive survey of African-American history with a main emphasis on Baltimore and Maryland (where it is located). Rotating themes on a periodic basis. Good experience for the whole family, but may be a challenge for small children. Senior and child discounts available. Will have to pay for parking across the street. In museum shop but no food at the time we were there. Seafood restaurant across the street.

Hannah P


While my dad was visiting from Texas, this was a spur of the moment decision to come here. We enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed all the educational exhibits. Admission was very reasonable. We will recommend this museum to everyone!



Another historic reawakening in Baltimore. This Richard F. Lewis museum has some very in depth history listed for all African Americans. There are some controversial sections but its important to understand your history. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking through and relearning great moments and turning points of the pasts for education, music, inventions, and struggles of those before my time. I strongly encourage more people to visit and learn those actions and accomplishments from history so you can see it for youself. We as a nation have come a long way but there is still some work to be done so we can be united as a country.

Lin R


A wonderful overview of those people and events that impacted African American history. Not as heartfelt as the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, though more "professional" in presentation. Worth a visit, and plan for about 3 hours.

Lucky W


Went here for an event and really enjoyed the layout. The cafe is really worth trying. See all the art collected over the years and approximate the history that this building brings to Baltimore.

Randomness c


This was my very first time coming however I will be back. This was an amazing experience. I was there for the movie made about the lynching of George Armwood who was my grandmother's close relative. That's to Will and The Museum George will live on. I painting an image of that night as well. This image isn't at the museum. But it's might.

Jym R


A wonderful place. Had meant to go for years. Grateful to finally do so. The history is enriching and you lean SO much about life in Baltimore for black people. Worth it for sure👍

Alkema J


Always enjoy events here. Staff is nice as well. Great information. Will be back to support a great organization.

Preston L


Information is clearly presented, good organization and flow. I learned a lot of information regarding how the seafood industry developed in Maryland that I was unaware of. There could be a better utilization of empty space.



I take my son there for the Martin Luther KING activities. I liked how they had something for everyone. It's very important to me that my son understands the great work Dr. King started and it's up to us to continue that work. My child deserves the best no matter his color, and we will continue fighting for our God given right for equality, no matter who states differently.

Cassie H


I went there on a university field trip for Black History Month, and it was such a good pick. There was so much information not taught in classrooms. I walked away learning a lot. The art exhibits were a wonderful surprise because I love art. They showed a few high school pieces, which were all incredible. I felt so inspired and motivated after viewing there pieces.

The location of the museum is perfect. It is right next to Little Italy, and a short drive from the Inner Harbor. It's a great destination if you plan on visiting Baltimore

Christopher S


I really enjoyed this museum. Very informative and the visual models were done very well. My only complaint which may be a work in progress but the middle floor seemed pretty bare.

Lakeia N


They generally have a great exhibit. I really appreciated the kids events and activities when mine were small. Now I can also appreciate the youth events and adult evening activities.

Sergio C


An absolute jewel of downtown Baltimore!! I found this museum by chance while going to lunch with my wife. It was a treat and historical gold for anyone in Baltimore. To see such history that resonates with the city of Baltimore specifically and cover national historical facts as well was awesome. The wall that paid tribute to young artists from competitions in local schools was inspiring. Very well kept, informative, excellent price of admission, validated parking, nice mementos in the gift shop. A wonderful experience for the family, insightful conversation starter for dates, and a point of pride for all African Americans and Baltimoreans of any race!

Bee J


I attended a beautiful wedding here. It was so educational for my fiance & I to be able to browse the museum after hours; so we could take as much time as we liked at each individual showcase. From letters from Sugar Ray Leonard, to some of the very first seats from the first schools of African Americans, to some of the biggest Pioneers in medicine it was amazing to see, it truly was.

I do truely feel that if you havent been able to get here yet, that you are really missing out on something special.

E. A


The African American children's book fair was fantastic. Children were able to speak with the authors and take pictures with them. There were even 3 youth author's. Children were also able to participate in art activities.

Lisa F


An astounding amount of education packed into a truly beautiful building. The best $8 I spent in Baltimore!

Rolicia M


Planned to visit the Lewis Museum today. Checked the website and called to make sure the museum was open. There was nothing stating that the museum would be closed today. So we went there around 1:00PM. Doors wouldn't open. Called inside. No answer. By the time we left, there were about 10 people waiting to see if the museum was going to open. It is now 3:00PM and as I was driving by, I saw two more people go to the museum only to find it closed. Once the hours are updated to reflect that the museum is closed on the 4th of July, I will update this review.

Hailey D


Great museum and well put together. They are undergoing some renovations. Right now so some of the audio elements did not work. Otherwise I really enjoyed spending my afternoon here!

Connie G


We decided to spend a weekend in Baltimore and when exploring around the inner harbor, the Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History caught our eye. We're glad we went. We only had time for the permanent exhibits on the top floor and a time-limited artist exhibition on the third, but we learned a great deal about African American life in Maryland that we did not know and we look forward to learning more on a return visit. It's down the street from Little Italy, where we had lunch, so you can plan to have two ethnic experiences one right after the other!

360' K


Greeting, the best museum with the most black history I have ever witness. Visited during my Family Reunion. Peace Be Unto You

George M


Walking in the door everyone was friendly, full of information.

The exhibits were beautiful.

We plan on going back very soon to finish the tour.

Denzelmp A


An add-on enlightening experience to that of the National Museum of African American history & culture. A great events place for receptions as well.

Crystal K.



This museum has been open for 12 years and is the largest museum focused on the history of African American history and culture in Maryland. There are this and 32 more

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