The museum's permanent collection is a gateway to the history and living culture of Maryland African Americans. The collection includes art, artifacts, textiles, material culture, photographs, rare books and other items. Some of our largest collections focus on African American military experience, early American jazz recordings, and Maryland community history.
Visit the Resource Center located on the fourth floor of the museum; the Resource Center has a reference collection with a focus on African American history and culture. Collections include the Maryland Wall featuring titles on the Maryland African American experience, children’s books, art history of the African Diaspora and the Mary Carter Smith Folklore Collection. The Center has public access computers, an exhibit case display and an oral history recording studio.
Volunteers provide significant support to the museum by assisting with events, programs, and other activities that serve the public. Reginald F. Lewis Museum volunteers have the unique opportunity to enlighten and inspire the public through the many stories and accomplishments of Maryland African-Americans.
We are currently accepting applications for the following volunteer positions:
To be the premier experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders. The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future.
To share globally, and with integrity, the human drama of Maryland’s African American experience.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture relies heavily on donations from members, individuals, foundations and corporations. Your continued financial support keeps our doors open! There are a variety of ways to contribute:
Your gift helps ensure we can offer a rich mix of school tours, events, music, films and more. Your donation supports us to showcase the wealth of contributions of African American art, culture, and history to America.