International African American Museum 


International African American Museum

The museum hovers 13 feet above the historic site of Gadsden’s Wharf, the port of arrival for nearly half of all enslaved Africans brought to North America.


The International African American Museum is home to 12 permanent exhibitions, including 9 galleries, one Special Exhibitions Gallery, which rotates between two and three exhibitions annually, and an ongoing series of digital exhibitions published via the Google Arts & Culture platform.

The permanent exhibitions feature more than 150 historical objects, more than 30 works of art, nearly 50 films and digital interactive experiences that bring history to life, framed by a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • African Roots/African Routes - Explore the diverse cultures of West and West Central Africa, and trace the movement of people of African descent throughout the Atlantic World.
  • American Journeys - Discover people, events, and stories that shaped United States history through the international lens of the African Diaspora.
  • Atlantic Worlds - Explore the nuanced historical connections throughout the Black Atlantic World and the deep inter-connectivity between Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
  • Carolna Gold/Memories of the Enslaved - Understand the transformative impact of enslaved people who labored on plantations in South Carolina and helped build the lucrative rice industry.
  • Creative Journeys - Follow a network of art throughout the building that provides alternative vantage points for understanding history and the role creative expression plays in both shaping and reflecting its arc.
  • Gullah Geechee - Define and demystify what it means to be Gullah Geechee by examining the history of the Gullah Geechee peoples and the contemporary issues facing their communities today.
  • South Carolina Connections - Experience stories of resistance and achievement from the many locally, nationally, and internationally influential African Americans in South Carolina’s history.
  • Theater Gallery - Take in video-based installations that use a narrative storytelling format to provide broad historical context and further orient visitors to the museum experience.
  • TransAtlantic - Immerse yourself in the journey of African cultural roots, from the tragedy of the middle passage to the enduring legacy of local and international diaspora scenes and traditions.


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International African American
Museum Hours and Admission


Hours: 
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Closed Monday
Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving

Admission:
Adults (17+) $19.95
Youth (6-16) $9.95
Child (Under 6) Free
Senior (62+) $9.95
Military (With ID) $11.95 
Residents (2023 Only)
Adults (17+) $5.96
Youth (6-16) $5.96
Child (Under 6) Free
Senior (62+) $5.96
Military (With ID) $5.96 


Internationa African American
Museum Address and Map


International African American Museum
14 Wharfside St
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 872-5352
International African American Museum


Current and Upcoming Events
at the International African 
American Museum

What: Summer Film Series - Soul
When: June 6, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: IAAM
Admission: Adults $10 / Youths (6-16) $5

Celebrate Black Music Month with us at the International African American Museum’s Summer Film Series, featuring Pixar’s groundbreaking “Soul” on Thursday, June 6. This outdoor screening in the African Ancestors Memorial Garden is a perfect blend of cinema and conversation, highlighting jazz, identity, and joy within the African American experience. “Soul” showcases the journey of Joe Gardner, a jazz musician who finds himself in a fantastical realm, exploring what truly makes life meaningful. Supported by TD Bank, this event invites you to dive into the heart of African American culture through the lens of this historic film. Join us for an evening of reflection, music, and storytelling under the stars. Register online.


What: 2024 Carifest Symposium: St. Vincent & the Grenadines – The Global Carnival Experience
When: June 13, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: IAAM
Admission: Free, but attendees must register

This Caribbean American Heritage Month, the International African American Museum partnered with Charleston Carifest to spotlight the lively spirit of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines! Join us for a vibrant journey filled with delicious food, dynamic music, stunning costumes, and sheer fun.

Kick things off with us on June 13 at the “St. Vincent & the Grenadines – The Global Carnival Experience.” This eye-opening symposium and panel will take you through the rich history and electrifying evolution of Carnival culture, a powerful expression of freedom and resilience celebrated worldwide.

Experience the magic of Carnival, where music, dance, and costumes weave together to honor and preserve the cultural heritage of the African diaspora.

Be part of a spectacular gathering that promises to be a feast for the senses and a tribute to the indomitable spirit of Carnival.

Event is free, but attendees must register online.


What: Anniversary Jubilee Soirée 2024
When: June 20, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: IAAM
Admission: $300(Individual) / $500(Couple) / VIP (2 tickets) $1500

Join us for an unforgettable evening at our Anniversary Jubilee Soirée, our annual Signature Fundraiser, where vibrant sights, enchanting sounds, and succulent tastes from across the African Diaspora will come together in celebration.

Enjoy the rich tapestry of creativity as we showcase renowned South Carolinian and African Diaspora artists – from visual to musical to culinary – each bringing their unique perspective to life through their captivating works.

This special event will feature the works of our eminent artists, including Jonathan Green, Virginia Stokes-Watson and Cookie Washington! Join us on a culinary journey with renowned Chef BJ Dennis and Chef Bintou N’Daw.

This experience will be one to remember! VIP and general admission tickets will include food and beverages, live entertainment and interactive art experiences. VIP experience includes pre-reception from 5-6pm with featured Jubilee artists and special guests

Get your tickets


What: Black Legacy - Lowcountry Juneteenth Week
When: June 23, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: IAAM
Admission: $60

Step into the heart of celebration at the Lowcountry Juneteenth Week Festival, culminating in a special awards reception hosted by and in partnership with the International African American Museum. This event shines a spotlight on the heroes within our community, honoring those who tirelessly contribute to the betterment of humanity and uphold the legacy of freedom and empowerment.

The awards reception is more than an event; it’s a gathering of minds and hearts, celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans. From music and culture to community upliftment, this Juneteenth, we honor the past while inspiring a bright future.

Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Juneteenth and the people who make our community stronger and more vibrant. Mark your calendars for an evening of recognition, inspiration, and unity at IAAM. Let’s honor excellence and embrace the joy of freedom together!


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