Happy Black History Month.

We are currently in the process of launching a new website! While our new site is under construction, our museum is open during COVID-19, and we offer a variety of ways to continue engaging with the museum, including virtual learning experiences, field trips, and a short audio/visual guided tour. We are also operating under limited hours. Please call to schedule an in-person visit.

COVID-19

Virtual Tour Options

Choose from a variety of tour options that best suit your needs.

Virtual Museum Tour 

The Museum has put together a virtual tour that spans the collective experience of over 5,000 years, showcasing the rich history of African Americans across continents and across time , from Ancient Africa, the Middle Passage and Slavery,  through Civil Rights and today.

Special Topic Virtual Tour

Join us in a special video tour presentation that focuses on specific topics relating to Black History. Perfect for students and community learning. We currently provide 3 special topic tours: Healing Hearts and Hands, Being Literate. Being Free, and Spy, Soldier, Patriot: Black Women in the Civil  War.

Create a Virtual Tour

You can adjust the tour to fit a certain theme or purpose (for example, Civil Rights; Underground Railroad; Youth Activism; Child Friendly, etc. ). The Museum will gladly attempt to customize our virtual tour to meet your learning objectives.
 

Special Topic Tours

Choose from 3 special topic tours.

Healing Hearts and Hands.

The wax figure display and related educational programs chronicle the contributions of such medical pioneers as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Vivien Thomas, and Dr. Levi Watkins, who contributed enormously to the development of cardiac surgical theory and practice and greatly expanded medical care and career opportunities for black people.  Moreover, black health professionals contributed to the development of blood plasma, (Charles Drew), open heart surgery (Dr. Daniel Hale Williams), and cellular research, (Henrietta Lacks), and numerous other vital elements of modern health care.

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Being Literate. Being Free

Despite the harshness and cruelty that slavery inflicted on people of color, whether they were enslaved or free, these people derived creative methods to learn to read and write as an essential first step toward freedom.

Frederick Douglass said that it was through reading that he first heard “the silver trump of freedom.”  Thus, it was literacy, the ability to read, write, and understand information, that showed Douglass and countless other blacks the pathway from slavery to freedom.
 
Through its wax figure exhibition “Being Literate, Being Free,” the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum will highlight historical personalities for whom literacy was the key to a future of freedom and hope for a people who were coming to understand that “If you would keep a people enslaved, refused to teach them to read.”
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Spy, Soldier, Patriot: Black Women in the Civil War

During the Civil War, Southern Black women, operating as spies, scouts, couriers, and guides, offered enormous support to the Union military. Relying on southern prejudice and understanding that if the Union won the war, the enslaved and black people, in general, might gain such rights as voting or citizenship. Courageous Black women provided invaluable assistance to the Civil War effort.

Students will learn that along with liberating hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children Harriet Tubman also served as a spy, scout, and by some accounts led Black Union troops on daring-raids into enemy territory.

Other spy work involved little-known African American women who used their role as domestics to gain enemy war secrets. One such woman was Mary Elizabeth Bowser. Closely associated with Mary is Elizabeth Van Lew, a young white woman who formed a spy ring, educated Mary, and then recruited a literate Mary to serve as a spy in the Confederate White House of President Jefferson  Davis.

With a photographic memory and the ability to read and write, Bowser was able to access a wealth of Confederate secrets, which she passed on to Union forces. Consequently, Mary Bowser, along with Elizabeth Van Lew and countless other women— Black and white, played a vital role in preserving the United States of America.

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Visit the Museum

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is currently open with appointment only hours during COVID-19. We clean and sanitize daily with hourly sanitizing of high touch areas, restrooms, and entry doors.

Admission Rates

$15 Adults
$14 Seniors 55+
$14 College Students (with ID)
$14 Mid-level Students (12–17)
$12 Children 3–11
FREE Children 3 >
FREE Members

COVID-19 Hours

Thurs–Sat: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM–5 PM
Closed Mon–Wed

February, July, August Hours

Thurs–Sat: 9 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM–6 PM
Closed Mon–Wed