Philly's African American museum to reopen to public after over a year closed

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is reopening May 6 with a new exhibit and new safety guidelines.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is reopening May 6 with a new exhibit and new safety guidelines. Photo credit African American Museum in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's African American Museum was closed for more than a year during the pandemic. Now the museum is opening its doors back up to the public.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will offer in-person experiences for the first time in 14 months starting May 6.

"We're happy to get back to work," said Ivan Henderson, the museum's vice president of programming. He said they've made a lot of changes to safely welcome visitors back.

"To take an interactive core exhibition experience, which involved a lot of button-pushing, and make that something that's completely hands-free ... I'm proud to introduce folks to," he shared.

There are also new guidelines in place due to local and state restrictions, including timed ticketing and a maximum of 60 visitors at a time.

The museum also has a new exhibit.

"In many ways, (it) embodies and represents some of the major themes that we've been exploring around Black life, with a capital B, for a year — especially the value of them," said Henderson, "the known and unknown works of Black women and all of those narratives."

The museum will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, from 12-5 p.m. Advance registration is advised.

Featured Image Photo Credit: African American Museum in Philadelphia