“African American Cultural Center!”
DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans. The DuSable Museum of African American History located in the historic Hyde Park area of Chicago at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Washington Park unites art, history and culture. Founded in 1961 by teacher and art historian Dr. Margaret Burroughs and other leading Chicago citizens, the DuSable Museum is one of the few independent institutions of its kind in the United States. Developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent, it is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The DuSable Museum is proud of its diverse holdings that number more than 15,000 pieces and include paintings, sculpture, print works and historical memorabilia. Special exhibitions, workshops and lectures are featured to highlight works by specific artists, historic events or collections on loan from individuals or institutions.
I have to give this museum 3 stars, though I will purchase a membership this year, simply to support this museum. I felt this museum on the top level was more of an art museum than a history museum. The bottom part does an excellent job of the historical parts, but I am lost on how to categorize this museum. The layout is very weird. It is a beautiful museum, but...you have a part with the mayor, a part of art, slave history and many other parts, but it just doesn't flow correctly. I feel it should tell the story of African American history on one level and then Chicago African American history on another level. Where is President Barack Obama, Jesse White and all the famous Chicago and Illinois African Americans? Lawyers, doctors, politicians, etc. I will be joining as a member and I hope they can do more with this museum.
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DuSable Museum of African American History
- Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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