W.E.B Du Bois, Harriet Tubman, Emmett Till, General Colin Powell, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson
They’re all there, life-sized, at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in downtown Baltimore. Established in 1983 in a storefront on Saratoga Street, the museum is now housed in four buildings on East North Avenue, including a renovated fire station, a Victorian estate and two former apartment complexes. There’s a full model slave ship exhibit that chronicles 400 years of the Atlantic slave trade, more than 100 wax figures with scenery and props, an exhibit that focuses on young blacks in history and another display that pays tribute to the contributions of Maryland residents to the history of African Americans in the New World.
If you’re planning to some to Baltimore to see the historical exhibits at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, why not consider traveling there in a charter bus from BusRental.com? Baltimore’s a big, busy city—you don’t want to have to worry about finding the museum, locating parking or fighting traffic. Let us handle the details, so that you can enjoy the museum with family and friends.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9 am until 5 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm, except in July and August, when the museum also opens on Mondays. General admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students 12-college age, and $12 for children from 3 to 11 years of age. Memberships can also be purchased, allowing you to visit as often as you please.
Building a Legacy for Blacks in Wax
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum was the brainchild of Dr. Elmer Martin and his wife, Dr. Joanna Martin. Initially, the founders had a number of wax figures that traveled the country, being displayed mostly at schools, shopping malls and community centers. In the early days, the Martins provided all the funding for traveling exhibits and for maintenance of the permanent exhibition. Sources say that Mrs. Martin sold her wedding ring at one point, so that the traveling display wouldn’t fold. In 1983, they were able to obtain grants, loans and endowments to establish the first permanent exhibition. Five years later, the museum moved into its current home in the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore.
There are many memorable exhibits at the museum—
- Visit the “Space Frontier” exhibit to see Mae Jemison, Guion Bluford and Ronald McNair, the only three black astronauts in American history
- Look for the figure of Henry “Box” Brown, who made a name for himself when he mailed himself to freedom in a shipping crate
- A young Rosa Parks is escorted off a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955
The museum has expanded its mission in recent years, introducing the Holocaust Museum for African-Americans, with graphic wax impressions showing the history of slavery and racism in America. One exhibit shows slave traders forcing food into a black man with a funnel. Another has a slave adorned with manacles and a metal mask, identified as “tools of punishment and control.” When you board the Middle Passage, a replica slave ship, you’ll watch in horror as a headless slave corpse is tossed overboard.
Let Us Handle the Details While You Step Back in History
Baltimore’s not the kind of place you want to navigate on your own. With a charter bus from BusRental.com, you can relax and enjoy the exhibits while we take care of all the details. Here a some of the great reasons to travel by bus.
- Safety and security—Our drivers undergo rigorous training, so they are simply the best in the business. Another benefit of bus travel—there’s only one way on and off the bus, so you and your personal items will be safe and secure.
- Reliability—There’s virtually no such thing as a delay or cancellation with a bus. We will get you where you need to be when you need to be there.
- Flexibility—We don’t have a handful of prepackaged trips from which you’ll have to choose. You tell us where you want to go and what you want to do, and we will handle all the details, making certain your trip goes off without a hitch. In addition, we have a coach to fit any size of group.
- Bus travel is very affordable—Bus travel is hands-down the most cost effective way to travel. With the money you save, you can bring back some cherished souvenirs of your trip to Baltimore.
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