Frequently Asked Questions 

Visiting the Museum

Q: What are your hours? 

A: The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday 12PM – 4PM and Saturday 10AM – 4PM. 

Q: How much is admission? 

A: Adults = $8; Students = $5; Children Under 5 = Free; Members = Free 

Q: Do you offer guided tours?

A: Yes! Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more and must be pre-arranged. If you come to visit and have not arranged a tour, you will do a self-guided visit. Learn more here:

Q: Why isn’t (a person, a town, an event, etc.) in your exhibits? Why don’t you have an exhibit about (a person, a town, an event, etc.) 

A: Our permanent exhibit provides an overview of African American history from before the transatlantic slave trade until Barack Obama’s election in 2008. With the space we have available, it’s impossible to tell every story but we’ve done our best to pick stories and information that give the best overview and represent communities across the state.  

Our current exhibit changes annually. We choose a new topic every year and solicit community feedback on upcoming exhibits. If you’d like to contribute to these surveys, please follow us on social media or join our email list.

Programs & Educational Resources

Q: What programs do you have coming up? Where can I find information on the location or time of an upcoming program? 

 A: A schedule of upcoming programs is available under Events. You can also stay up to date on Museum programs by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or X, or subscribing to our email newsletter.

Q: Do you have any traveling resources? 

A: Yes! We have several traveling exhibits and trunks available, in addition to all of our virtual resources. 

Traveling exhibits are light, portable, and easy to install. Our exhibits cover a wide range of topics. Learn more about the exhibits, fees and reservation details here.  

Traveling trunks enhance your classroom or library with a professionally curated, themed collection of learning materials.  Each trunk includes reading materials, activities, and a curriculum guide with lesson plan ideas for classroom and home schoolteachers. 

Staying Connected

Q: How can I join the museum’s email list? 

A: Sign up now!

Q: How can I join the museum’s newsletter mailing list? 

A: The Museum’s newsletter, the Iowa Griot, is published three times a year. The newsletter is a member benefit. If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please consider becoming a member. 

 Q: Is the Museum on social media! 

 A: Yes! We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

 Facebook: African American Museum of Iowa 

 Facebook Community Group: African American Museum of Iowa Community Group

 X: BlackIowa 

 Instagram: BlackIowa 


Q: How much does it cost to become a member? What are the benefits? 

A: We have many membership levels with varying costs and benefits. Learn more or become a member today.

Facility Rentals

Q: Could you give me some information about renting your facilities? 

A: Please head to Meeting & Event Space for information on our available spaces and to the rental request form.

Museum History

Q: When was the Museum founded? What is its history?  

A: The museum was founded in 1993 by a group of individuals from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. The Museum built and moved into its current location and building in 2003. Learn more about the history of the Museum by visiting Thirty Years of the AAMI

Q: Was the Museum impacted by the flood of 2008? 

A: Yes, the Museum building took on approximately 5 ½ feet of water during the 2008 flood. It damaged the entire first level. We reopened to the public the next year. Though many of the items in our collection were damaged by the flood, the majority were saved.  


Q: I’d like to donate something to the museum’s collection. 

A: Please visit Collection Donations for more information on how to contribute to our collection. 

Q: How can I learn more about volunteering or an internship at the Museum? 

A: There are several opportunities for volunteering at the Museum, both temporary and ongoing.  Find information about volunteering and internships.