“The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture” (The Griot”) is the first black history wax museum in the Midwest and one of only two of its kind in the United States, The name more accurately reflects its mission and purpose-the keeper of the stories, culture, and history of Black people. Expanding on the role of the griot in our society, the Griot’s mission is to “create a community of lifelong learners who explore, experience and embrace Missouri’s rich and enduring African-American heritage.” Our vision is to be the premier resource for Black history and culture in the Midwest.
The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture interprets stories and features life-size likenesses of African- Americans with a Regional connection whose life activities influenced the state, region, and sometimes the entire country. Visitors can “meet” and learn about Carter G. Woodson, Josephine Baker, Dred and Harriet Scott, Elizabeth Keckley, William Wells Brown, James Milton Turner, Clark Terry, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Earl. E. Nance Sr., Miles Davis, Madame C.J. Walker, York, Percy Green, and others.
The Griot also features an authentic slave cabin, originally built on the Wright-Smith Plantation in Jonesburg, Missouri. Visitors can solve puzzles, view documentary videos, and “board” a scale model section of a ship that is the actual size used to transport Africans to America during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In addition to its permanent collection, life-size wax figures, other art , artifacts and memorabilia,The Griot hosts traveling art exhibits by local and national artists.
Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Groups of 30 or more may visit Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Admission
Children (12 and under): $3.75