Atlanta’s Oldest Black History Museum: APEX Museum

The Apex Museum

Explore African American history at Atlanta’s oldest Black history museum, African American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum in the historic Sweet Auburn district of Downtown. Exhibits here are designed to create a personal connection to an experience that may be unfathomable. The museum emphasizes the sharing of influences and successes of Black people in Atlanta to promote cultural awareness and the social contributions of African Americans in Georgia. From stories about one of Atlanta’s first Black-owned businesses and pioneers of local history to baseball lore or videos at the Trolley Theater, the APEX Museum is full of history, featuring artifacts, photographs, children’s shows, presentations and more.

The Apex Museum

Not-to-Miss Exhibits

You can better understand and appreciate African American contributions to this country and Atlanta by visiting these permanent exhibits at the APEX Museum during a self-guided tour. 

Africa the Untold Story

Learn about the richest continent in the world, its people, its contributions and its culture beginning roughly 8,500 years ago. Through artifacts and timelines, discover facts about Egypt (known as Kemet) and technological, agricultural, architectural and astrological advancements made by ancient Africans. You’ll also learn about ancient people, their countries and societies from Egypt, Nubia, Axum, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Elmina, The Door of No Return and The White Lion Slave Trading Vessel

Trace the origins of the slave trade. See a replica of the “Door of No Return,” the door that led from the dungeon to the slave ship — the last time the captives’ feet would touch African soil. See what life was like for these slaves on the White Lion and the Treasurer, two British vessels that seized a cargo of more than 20 Africans who would eventually land near Jamestown, Va., to be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

Slave Trade Artifacts

The APEX Museum is filled with artifacts and replicas of the slave trade. Documents include advertisements for the sale of enslaved Africans and a log that inventoried slaves by name, age and value of each enslaved person owned by one man. See authentic shackles, slave tags, auction tags and patrol badges. 

Sweet Auburn Street of Pride

The museum features a replica of Yates and Milton Drug Store, one of Atlanta’s first African American-owned businesses and the stories of early African American pioneers in Atlanta. 

More Exhibits

The MAAFA (The African Holocaust) 

This exhibit presents graphic details of the enslavement of African people during the transatlantic slave trade. 

The Georgia Negro 1900

This is an exhibition developed by W.E.B. DuBois in Paris for the World’s Fair depicting students from Atlanta University and other Black people 40 years after slavery ended. 

Women in STEM

The APEX Museum celebrates the Black women of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), past and present. Colorful displays tell the stories of pioneering women, including Alice Augusta Ball, Euphemia Lofton Haynes and Jewel Plummer Cobb.

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