About the Museum

To inspire, enlighten and enrich the lives of people everywhere by collecting, preserving and disseminating the contributions in art, history, culture and social influence of African-Americans.

A wide variety of family heirlooms and artifacts of African-American historic value comprise the collections of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. Of special importance is the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Room that contains a collection of personal memorabilia, awards and belongings of this courageous American figure.

The Local Genealogy Room contains documentation of genealogies of several Holly Springs African-American families and offers visitors the opportunity to access genealogy databases to do their own research.

Featured Museum Programs

  • Exhibits
  • Community Programs
  • Membership Lectures
  • Children’s Programs
  • Multicultural Programs
  • Grandparent Programs
  • Family Programs
  • Dramatic Theater
  • Hands-On Room
  • Spires Bolling House Tours


nmaahc-orig“A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. “A Place for All People” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the museum.

The exhibit will be on display at the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum through December 2017.