"To tell authentic stories about African American life in Springfield and Central Illinois through exhibitions, education, collections and programs to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture.'

The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will be closed for construction beginning May 13, 2024.  We are excited about the expansion project which will add more exhibit space onto the back of the museum.  Construction is scheduled to be completed sometime late Summer or early Fall. Please see our website for updates. 

 While the building at 1440 Monument will be closed for construction, AAHM plans to maintain offering relevant programming to the Springfield & Central Illinois community.  Sign up for our email list to receive the most current announcements.  All events will be announced on our website.

For urgent inquiries, please contact us at our temporary number (217) 361-9942.

Springfield Super Hero’s Summer Camp

This summer, transform your 4th to 6th graders' break into an unforgettable adventure at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum’s Springfield Hero's Summer Camp! 🌳🌈 It’s not just a camp; it’s a journey to unlocking their inner superhero. 🌟


On This Day In History

🌟On This Day in History: June 12, 1976 🌟

On this day in history, June 12, 1976, Patricia Cowings made groundbreaking strides as the first African American woman scientist to be trained as an astronaut! With a rich background in psychophysiology, Dr. Cowings' studies focused on the interactions between the mind and body, particularly under the unique stresses of space travel. Her pioneering research has been instrumental in understanding how astronauts can better adapt to the physical and psychological challenges faced in outer space.

Dr. Cowings developed innovative training techniques to mitigate space sickness and improve overall astronaut health, which have had lasting impacts on space missions. As we celebrate her achievements, we honor her trailblazing spirit and the doors she opened for future generations of scientists and astronauts. ✨

There’s Something for Everyone at Our 2024 Events


May 2024

  • May 4, 2024 at 4 PM: AAHM Book Club - Chapter 1 Discussion

July 2024

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024: “History Comes Alive” Program every Saturday at 2pm

August 2024

  • August 3, 2024: Final “History Comes Alive” program at 2 pm
  • August 8-18, 2024: History Exhibit at the Illinois State Fair

September 2024
September 14 Coffee and Conversations

October 2024
October 10, 2024: The 13th Annual “Honoring our Heritage, AAHM Gala”

November 2024
November 1, 2024: Greek Christmas Decorating

December 2024

  • December 6, 2024: Greek Christmas Event
  • December 25-26, 2024: Closed in Observance of Christmas
    December 27, 2024: Kwanzaa Celebration

Our Exhibits

We invite you to visit our exhibits when our Museum reopens in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned!

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We are currently closed due to construction. Stay tuned for the grand reopening!

Special events and private guided tours can be made outside of general admission times. Please call the office to schedule your event.


1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Temporary Phone: (217 ) 361-9942



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