Bringing Africa to Life in Baltimore
Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures is a privately owned children’s museum in Baltimore. It was founded in 2016 in an effort to enrich and inspire Baltimore’s urban community’s cultural desert. Our permanent collection of African art complements changing exhibits on a variety of African countries, ethnic groups, and traditions.
Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures also houses an administrative office and various public gathering areas that can be used for cultural and art related events. Our goal is to create an environment where visitors are not merely spectators, but active participants. This is a place where African culture and art come to life.
Hands-on learning or play are integral in the development of critical skills in children: We teach creativity, critical thinking, risk taking, and problem solving and inspire curiosity. Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures boasts an array of exhibits where children can personally experience a bit of African culture including a huge map puzzle which teaches that Africa is not a country but a continent, learning about and playing various musical instruments, African art, and crafts.
Occasionally, we feature the Biney Group to showcase some of the pageantry of African traditional dance like the Adowa dance of the Ashanti people of Ghana.
We only offer guided tours which can be scheduled online. Please click the “Book a Tour” button below and follow the prompts to schedule your museum visit. We require a minimum of 48 hours advance notice to book a tour. Walk-ins are not available at this time. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
We seek to:
- Provide a safe, learning environment to engage children in hands-on experiences through play, performances, classes, dance, and other interactive programs. Our goal is to empower them with knowledge so that they feel more confident, proud, and connected to a rich culture and to have more engaged lives.
- Have a positive influence on each child’s family, academic, and community life.
- Play an intricate role in reshaping a disenfranchised community culturally in Maryland and beyond, with cultural awareness and excellence.