The Griot Museum of Black History

2505 Saint Louis Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63106

314-241-7057

About Us:

Only the second of its kind in the country, The Griot Museum of Black History opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997.  In 2009, we hit upon what seems to be the perfect name “The Griot Museum of Black History” ("The Griot”).  In some African countries, the “griot,” (pronounced “GREE-OH”) is a highly respected member of the community who collects, preserves and shares the stories, objects, and cultural traditions of the community.  Our new name more accurately reflects what we do -- collect, preserve, and share the stories, culture, and history of Black people - particularly those with a regional connection to American history.

To accomplish our work, The Griot uses life-size wax figures, other art, artifacts, and memorabilia to interpret the stories of African Americans with a regional connection who have contributed to our country’s development.  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, Macler Shepard, Chief Sherman George, and others.

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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