Experience The Lewis Museum From Home


Dear Friends,

It is during times of uncertainty that we look to the past for stories of strength while we focus towards a better future. At the Lewis Museum, we will continue to bring you stories of inspirational Maryland African Americans who triumphantly pushed past fear in hopes of a new tomorrow.

While the museum remains temporarily closed and our public programs have either been rescheduled or canceled, we are undeterred in our mission to educate and empower you, our Lewis family. Our staff is busy working on a variety of projects designed to keep our audiences engaged and connected to the museum.

Explore our Online Collections Portal which features more than 6,000 digitized images of items from our permanent collection including objects, documents, artwork and photographs from 1784 to the present day. Some of the items in our portal are not yet on view in our galleries.

On Thursday, March 26, we will kick off our Virtual Storytime Series featuring authors and illustrators who will join us for the 8th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair later this year. Tomorrow we’ll celebrate the birthday of the late Phil Freelon with author Kelly Starling Lyons reading from her book Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Phil Freelon. Freelon is one of the architects of our building, as well as the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

Connect with us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube – to learn the stories of notable people and events in Maryland history, hear artists’ stories, watch video oral histories, and participate in crowdsourcing activities.

A Closer Look at the Lewis

A Closer Look at the Lewis

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A Closer Look at the Lewis

UPDATED WEEKLY: Dive deeper into the stories found in the Lewis in our new blog. Learn about objects from our Permanent Collection, hear little known tales of notable Marylanders and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the museum.


Oral History Video Booth Playlist

Hear the stories of Maryland African Americans – in their own words, with their own voice. During our recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, we created an Oral History Video Booth to capture tales of struggle, resistance and triumph.


Oral History at the Lewis – Arya