Museum Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: open for special events and by request
Museum Tour Times
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm,
10:30 am, 11:30 am
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Fees: Adults $5 Seniors $3 Children $2
Group tours with 20 people or more must be booked in advance. Call 706.724.3576.
Pioneer African-American First Responders Exhibition
Winter Book Signing
February 19, 2017
Annual Historian's Awards
February 23, 2017
The Legacy of Miss Lucy Craft Laney Exhibition
Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Quiz Bowl
March 25, 2017
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Open
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:
1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions
2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences
3. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture
4. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington, D.C. to engage new audiences and to work with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.
The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Museum, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”
Winter Newsletter is Here!
Help Restore the Children’s Academy
We desperately need your support to ensure that the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History programs can once again assist our youth, who have very limited resources available to them.
In 1991, the home of Georgia’s most famous black female educator, Lucy Craft Laney, was officially opened as a black history. Because of Miss Laney’s dedication to ensuring the highest quality education for children, the basement of the museum was renovated as a Children’s Academy. For years, local youth learned art, history, and preservation. They enjoyed storytelling, learning computer skills, painting, field trips, and other hands on experiences. The program supported state mandated curriculum and provided students ages 6-12 with a continuous learning experience.
Three years ago, the Lucy Craft Laney Children’s Academy Center had to be closed due to severe water damage. Repairs were made to the space to protect the physical integrity of the building; however not enough funds have been available to fully restore the basement so it can once again be used as a Children’s Academy.
We hope we can count on you to help us to restore viable youth programs, and further preserve one of the most important cultural treasures in the heart of the Laney-Walker- Historic District of Augusta, Georgia. Every little bit helps and we thank you in advance for your assistance.
Augusta Black Heritage
$15 per person (includes guided tour of the historic Lucy Craft Laney Museum)
Please call the museum for availability and timem.
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Trolley Tour is a two-hour experience that takes patrons to over 25 significant historic sites related to Augusta’s Black history.
For the first time, locals, students, and visitors can experience a comprehensive tour of the rich history of the Laney Walker area.
Conventions, family reunions, and special event tours are welcome.
24-hour advance reservations required.
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the only African American Museum in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA, Augusta and its Surrounding Areas). The museum, which opened in 1991, is a small house museum that was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney.
The museum is located in the Historic Laney-Walker District, near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Ms. Lucy Craft Laney through arts and history. We accomplish this awesome task by educating and exposing children and adults of the CSRA, the State and beyond to the arts, history, literature and leadership through exhibits and programs.
The Preservation of a Legacy
Ms. Laney dedicated her life to providing educational opportunities for Black youth in the Augusta area. Ms. Laney was the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute which was located on the present site of the Lucy Laney Comprehensive High School. She started the first kindergarten for Black children in Augusta and founded the Lamar School of Nursing for Black women.
The Lucy Laney High School, Laney Walker Boulevard (formerly Gwinnett Street) and the Laney Walker North Historic District have all been named in Ms. Laney's honor. Now through the restoration of her home by Delta House, Inc., another important cultural institution has been dedicated in her memory. The museum is open to all.
The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy