Where We Are Presently
Between 1985 and 1987, the City of Baltimore awarded
National Great Blacks In Wax $300,000 in grants and loans
and designated an unused fire station at 1601 East North
Avenue for the museum's development and expansion. The
renovated firehouse, a Victorian Mansion, and two former
apartment dwellings provide nearly 30,000 square feet
of exhibit and office space. Over 100 wax figures and
scenes, a full model slave ship exhibit telling the powerful
400 year history of the Atlantic Slave Trade, a compelling
exhibit on the role of youth in making history, a Maryland
room highlighting the contributions of outstanding Marylanders
to African American history, a gift shop, and a mini auditorium
for lectures, films, and dramatic presentations are some
of the major cultural features of the museum.
The enrichment of the lives of youth was a primary motivation
for establishing The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum,
Inc. Youth begin serving at the museum at an early age
and continue in various positions, as they grow older.
The museum offers opportunities for youth in the community
to take part in volunteer and intern programs, often providing
a safe haven for at-risk youths.