Located in Treme, the oldest surviving black community in the United States, the New Orleans African American Museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting through education the history, art, and communities of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora. Exhibits change regularly, so call ahead to find out what is on display.
The Museum is housed in the beautiful Treme Villa, considered by some to be one of the finest examples of a Creole villa in the city. Built in 1828-29, the home retains many of its original decorative details. There are five restored buildings to visit.
A centerpiece of the exhibits at the African American Museum is³Louisiana-Congo: The Bertrand Donation,² a collection of exquisite African beadwork, costumes, masks, textiles, musical instruments and divination objects as a major part of the museum¹s permanent collection. This 70-piece assortment of original African artwork from the Democratic Republic of Congo illuminates parallels between everyday life in the Congo and Louisiana folk culture.
Visitors enjoy both established and emerging artists' work in sculpture, painting and other artistic expressions.
Plan to spend as much time as you wish in the serene gardens surrounding the villa. Located on the site of a former plantation, the beautifully landscaped grounds cover one city block. There are three main courtyards on the front, rear, and side which also features a lovely gazebo in the center of the yard. Wear comfortable shoes, as many of the courtyards are made of original handmade bricks. The villa is available for weddings, bridal teas, and small meetings and receptions.
The African American Museum welcomes tour groups, school groups and individuals by appointment only.