DuSable Museum of African American History

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DuSable Museum of African American History

Named for Chicago’s first permanent citizen, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the museum displays art, artifacts and documents tracing African-American history. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Admission $10; with ID students and seniors $7; children 6-11 $3; under 5 free; discounts for Chicago residents; free for military. Free on Tuesdays.

Highlights and Tips:

  • Start with a walk-through of the largest permanent installation the museum has seen since its opening: “Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality.” Through objects, artifacts, archival videos and images, visitors follow the African-American experience from slave trade through the election of the first African-American president.
  • Before there was President Barack Obama, there was Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago. Check out “A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,” in which his life and legacy are made that much more poignant looking through the lens of racial tensions in the city today.


740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Map of DuSable Museum of African American History