BNHA Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American Heritage and Culture


Authentic Baltimore

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Star Attractions

Charles Street Byway

Heritage Walk

Resource Type


830 E Pratt St

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2005, features permanent and special exhibitions on the traditions, culture, and experiences of African Americans in Maryland and Baltimore. The museum collects, preserves, and interprets the historic, artistic, and cultural contributions of African Americans in Maryland. Permanent and temporary exhibits explore the bonds of family and community, slavery’s hold on the state, and how art and education was used to endure and even overcome oppression.

The museum is named in honor of Reginald Lewis, a native of Baltimore and successful corporate attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His company, TLC Beatrice, was the first black-owned company to gross $1 billion in sales.