Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at AAMI

The African American Museum of Iowa invites you to join us on Monday, January 21, 2019 for a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Museum will be offering discounted admission at $1.00 per person from 10 am to 4 pm to honor Dr. King. In addition, the Museum is celebrating Dr. King’s message of peace by collaborating with Veterans for Peace Chapter #169 to create and decorate Peace Poles. The Veterans for Peace have made it their goal to put up as many Peace Poles as possible in the area and the Museum is supporting this goal by inviting patrons to help decorate Peace Poles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day while they visit the Museum. The Museum will supply the poles and supplies, all we need is you and your creative ideas! Join us January 21 for learning, reflection, and crafting in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his vision of integration, and his teaching of peace.

Learn more about the Peace Pole initiative in this article from the Gazette.

Night at the Museum: Guided Tours

Free guided tours of the AAMI’s exhibits, “Driven By Hope” and “Endless Possibilities” with regular paid admission! Tours begin on the hour, starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for students. Children 5 and under and Museum Members are free!

Journey to Freedom


The only available time slots for this event are at 12 and 1 pm. you must be registered and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your reserved time.

Register Here:


Journey to Freedom

  • Where: Wickiup Hill  Outdoor Learning Center , 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341
  • When: Saturday, September 22nd
  • 12:00-2:30 pm
  • FREE

Experience the escape from slavery with the African American Museum of Iowa. We are excited to bring back our Journey to Freedom event which simulates the escape from slavery on Iowa’s Underground Railroad. Participants will travel back in time to the 1850’s where they will become a runaway slave traveling north to Canada. While on your journey, you will encounter costumed actors who will serve as slave catchers, overseers, farmers, and abolitionists. Some might help you escape from freedom while others may threaten to return you to bondage. Learn to survive in the wild by navigating with stars, stay hidden while speaking in code, and see if you have what it takes to make it to freedom.

Due to the subject matter, this event is best suited for children 8+. This will be outdoors! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle are recommended.

For questions, contact Sean Donaldson at

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This event is made possible by PepsiCo, thank you.


$1 Day at the AAMI, Final Week of “If Objects Could Talk”

You won’t miss the temporary exhibit, “If Objects Could Talk”. This will be the FINAL week for all the great artifacts and stories at the AAMI, and for $1 per person, you can bring everyone you know!

July 28th from 10am-4pm

You can also participate in the Civil Rights March that starts at 12:00 pm at Viola Gibson Park and will turn around at the AAMI. “Peaceful Solidarity” All are welcome.