The Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) is an educational, cultural and archival museum dedicated to researching, presenting, acquiring and preserving the history of African Americans in Minnesota. As a community resource, MAAM seeks to ignite discovery and fuel interest in learning experiences derived from studying history presented through museum exhibits and educational/artistic programs. Through the Minnesota African American Museum visitors to Minnesota and Minnesota citizens alike will see how African American history has contributed to the long term health and vitality of the Twin Cities and the State.
The Minnesota African American Museum pursues the following programmatic goals:
- To be the educational resources to local, regional and state entities on the African American experience in Minnesota
- To provide a space for artistic and performance representation of the African American experience
- To be a resource to elementary, secondary , post secondary and higher education on African American history and culture in Minnesota
- To be a resource on the connection between African Americans in Minnesota, science, and the scientific community
- To serve as a limited archival resource and library for African American History in Minnesota.
The Minnesota African American Museum is located in the former Coe Mansion, an 8,500 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility located at 1700 3rd Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota This facility houses exhibit areas, educational classrooms, archival storage, public meeting space, and administrative offices. Through creative programming MAAM strives to be an integral community, educational, artistic and cultural asset bringing a powerful cultural presence to the State and region, making MAAM a regional destination for visitors and residents alike.