Local Multicultural Venues
These museums and centers foster a sense of community and help visitors gain knowledge.
The Delaware Valley boasts an array of cultures, traditions and experiences. Local museums, cultural centers and historic sites provide a place for community members to celebrate their heritage and expand their knowledge.
African American Museum, Phila.
The museum showcases heritage and culture through events and exhibits. Permanent exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1716- 1817 displays an interactive, 100-year timeline with large video projections. On them, prominent 18th-century figures tell their stories. An adjacent Children’s Corner lets kids explore what childhood was like during the time period.
Asian Arts Initiative, Phila.
The center hosts performances, exhibits, kids’ art classes and a community gathering space. Upcoming events include an exhibit about protest signs, a pop-up book-making workshop, poetry readings, theatre inspired by the first female Indian astronaut and educational courses.
American Swedish Historical Museum, Phila.
The country’s oldest Swedish museum showcases the contributions of Swedes in American society, from art to architecture to science. Budding bookworms should take note of Fact and Fiction: Getting to Know Swedish Authors. Another exhibit focuses on the stories of refugee families who found asylum in Sweden. Return for monthly kid-specific programming.
National Museum of American Jewish History, Phila.
Dedicated to exploring the history of the Jewish people through artifacts, stories and interactive media, the venue’s core exhibit is a multi-floor, centuries-spanning timeline that chronicles the experiences of Jewish people who immigrated to the U.S. Don’t miss the Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame, which highlights luminaries such as Albert Einstein, Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg.
Polish American Cultural Center, Phila.
The multipurpose center houses a museum with exhibits that pay homage to 1,000 years of Polish art, culture, history, tradition and famous figures. The space also hosts lectures and family events.
African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Atlantic City
Documenting the 20th-century African American experience, the museum is home to more than 11,000 rotating artifacts including drawings, paintings and household items. They provide a decade-by-decade visual representation of the culture’s evolution. In one display, advertisements featuring Aunt Jemima, Black Sambo, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat illustrate the effects of negative images. Another exhibit features memorabilia from the hit show Boardwalk Empire.
Indian Cultural Center of South Jersey, Marlton
This hub for the local Indian community hosts dance and language workshops, Zumba classes, performances, holiday celebration and other public events. The central hall is adorned with vibrant, larger-than-life murals that depict Indian musical instruments and classical dances.
Peter Mott House, Lawnside
Home to a free, self-made farmer and his wife in the state’s only historically African American community, the residence is open as a museum dedicated to its role as a station on the Underground Railroad. Listen to guides sing songs from the time period, view artifacts and hear oral histories.
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Chinese American Community Center, Hockessin
Concerts, classes, workshops, seminars, holiday events, an annual festival and culture camps engage visitors of all ages. Families can sign up for a variety of clubs, including folk dancing, tai chi, karaoke and music.
Irish Culture Club of Delaware, Wilmington
In addition to the annual parade, Irish dance competition and St. Patrick’s Day festival, the venue offers free lessons on Irish culture and history.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore
With a variety of artifacts, video footage, clothing and audio stations, the museum provides an interactive look at local and national history. The Things Hold, Lines Connect gallery highlights how Maryland’s African Americans rebuilt and renewed families, communities and social organizations torn apart by slavery. The children’s event series on select Saturdays features art workshops and musical & theatrical performances.