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DuSable Museum of African American History

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DuSable Museum in Brief:

The DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's south side is home to a collection documenting the history and culture of African Americans in the United States.

Address:

740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL

Phone:

773-947-0600

Getting to DuSable by Public Transportation:

CTA Bus #10 Museum of Science and Industry Southbound to Museum of Science and Industry bus stop. Transfer to CTA Buss #55 Garfield Westbound to 55th & Cottage Grove. Walk one block south to DuSable.

Parking at DuSable:

Limited parking is available in the DuSable parking lot.

DuSable Museum Hours:

Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

NOTE: Closed Mondays between June 1 and January 2 (except school holidays)

DuSable Museum Admission:

Adults: $10
Seniors and students: $7
Children Under 6: Free
(as of September 1, 2010 -- subject to change)

DuSable Museum website

About the DuSable Museum of African American History:

Located in Washington Park on Chicago's South Side, the DuSable Museum of African American History was the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to the history and culture of African Americans. Founded in 1961 by prominent Chicagoans, DuSable houses over 15,000 pieces including art, print pieces, and historical mementos. Some of the permanent exhibits at the Dusable Museum include:
  • A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story (about Chicago's first black mayor)
  • Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures: Masterpieces from the DuSable Museum Collection
  • Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces
  • Africa Speaks
The DuSable Museum also hosts special temporary exhibits throughout the year, topics of which might cover the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panther Party, or emancipation. The museum was named after Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, a self-described "free mulatto man" who is widely recognized as the first permanent resident of Chicago and is formally considered the Founder of Chicago by the State of Illinois.
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