"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 17, 1980 🌟

Today, we celebrate not just a phenomenal athlete, but also a trailblazer, an advocate, and an inspiration to countless individuals around the world. Venus Williams, with her unwavering dedication, has left an indelible mark on the sport of tennis. Her powerful serves and fierce competitiveness have earned her numerous titles and accolades, but it's her grace, resilience, and commitment to equality that truly set her apart.
From her early days on the courts of Compton to her historic battles at Wimbledon, Venus has demonstrated what it means to pursue excellence relentlessly. She is the most decorated tennis player in Olympic history, winning four gold medals and one silver medal. Off the court, her advocacy for equal prize money in tennis has paved the way for future generations of female athletes. She's not just a champion in sports but also a champion for change.
As we wish her a joyous birthday, we also take a moment to reflect on her incredible journey and the countless lives she has touched. Here's to many more years of success, happiness, and groundbreaking achievements. Happy Birthday, Venus Williams!

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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