by: WYFF Greenville | Hearst Television
CHARLESTON, S.C. —
The International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, opened its doors to the public for the first time Tuesday.
A dedication ceremony led by award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad and a community celebration was held Saturday featuring poets, artists, dignitaries, and those who made the museum reality. Thousands of people gathered in Marion Square for a live simulcast of the dedication and enjoyed live music, food, and fellowship.
The museum is filled with exhibits and stories of enslaved Africans and their contributions to the world. It's constructed at Gadsen's Wharf, the site where millions of men, women and children landed after their capture in Africa. The museum broke grown in October 2019 but experienced delays due to COVID-19 and the challenges with the building's humidity and temperature control.
If you are interested in visiting the museum, make sure to check for tickets before you head there. Some days are already sold out.
Tickets cost $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children and seniors. And there are discounts for South Carolina residents and other eligible groups. You’ll also be given a certain time that you can enter the museum to help with crowds.
You can reserve tickets up to Dec. 31 on the museum’s website. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.