Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

All exhibitions are free with museum admission


And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture

Permanent Exhibition

This unique, long-term exhibition serves as the central experience of The Wright Museum. The 22,000 square-foot exhibition space contains more than 20 galleries that allow patrons to travel over time and across geographic boundaries. The journey begins in Africa, the cradle of human life.  Witness several ancient and early modern civilizations that evolved on the continent.  Cross the Atlantic Ocean, experience the tragedy of the middle passage and encounter those... Click here to read more »

Inspiring Beauty

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

September 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

This first-ever exhibition on the Ebony Fashion Fair explores the 50-year history of the fashion spectacle that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for black Americans. At the center of Inspiring Beauty are the stunning gowns, feathered coats, and designs displayed on fully stylized mannequins to create the runway experience, and selected from a collection of the more than 7,000 that Fashion Fair founder Eunice W. Johnson amassed from designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Nina Ricci, and Vivienne Westwood... Click here to read more »

Collect: The Power of Knowing

Collect: The Power of Knowing

October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016

Welcome to Collect: The Power of Knowing. This exhibition honors collectors who have preserved and shown us works of art that we may not have seen on our own, especially art from the continent of Africa. The works show evidence of our creativity from the distant past to our current times. There is power in knowing this history. Click here to read more »

No Boundaries

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

January 17 - May 15, 2016

The rise of the Aboriginal Australian art movement in the early 1970s ushered in an artistic revolution. As the twenty-first century approached, Aboriginal artists across the continent began transforming their traditional iconographies into more abstract styles of art making. Speaking across cultures, without sacrificing their distinctive identities, they found new ways to express the power of the ancestral narratives of the Dreaming. Click here to read more »


Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology

Permanent Exhibition

This comprehensive, high-tech exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas teaching basic engineering concepts. Four disciplines of scientific advancement are explored: Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and Technology & Engineering... Click here to read more »


I, Charles H. Wright: My Story

March 10, 2015 - March 10, 2016

This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered around the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1919-2002). A great physician, an intellectual of incredible insight, and a man of solemn dedication to his community, through words and images, documents and objects, the exhibition summarizes his expansive legacy... Click here to read more »


Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015

September 17 - December 13, 2015

The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series, now in its sixth year, is an annual competition co-presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The goal of the series is to provide exposure for artists of nearly all visual mediums, allowing them to compete for the chance to have their work showcased at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach. One artist will receive a grand prize solo exhibit at SCOPE NYC. The top three winning artists from the finale will receive a stipends... Click here to read more »


A is for Africa

Ongoing Exhibition

Twenty-six interactive stations make up a three-dimensional "dictionary" designed for children from pre-school through fourth grade in A is for Africa. Organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this long-term installation introduces young visitors to an array of interesting persons, places, events, ideas, foods and objects important to understanding the histories and cultures of Africa. While focusing on young children, those who are older will certainly find this activity enjoyable... Click here to read more »


Ring of Genealogy

Ongoing Exhibition

Located on the floor of the Ford Freedom Rotunda, is Genealogy, a work designed by artist Hubert Massey. The creation depicts the struggles of African Americans in this country. Each figure is symbolic of an experience, from slavery to present day violence, the hunger for knowledge, the importance of spirituality and the upward mobility of African Americans. Surrounding this 37-foot floor are bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history. Each year new names are added to this Ring of Genealogy... Click here to read more »


Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge

Ongoing Exhibition

The works of art included in this long-term installation focus on three areas of African American culture and history. The Musicians celebrates everyday people who have exercised their right to interpret the world as they see it through songs and instruments. Dance and Dancers on the other hand, honors those artists who use their bodies as the medium to express non-verbal emotions, themes and ideas. And Freedom Advocates is dedicated to notable African Americans who fought and died to ensure dignity and freedom for themselves and their people... Click here to read more »


Detroit Performs!

Ongoing Exhibition

The museum is pleased to present Detroit Performs!, a photomontage dedicated to those who gained national and often international prominence in the performing arts. Although a majority of these artists moved here from other regions, especially the south, they claimed Detroit as their own, usually crediting it as the place where they honed their skills. Many of these innovators, John Lee Hooker, Tommy Flanagan and Mattie Moss Clark among them, put unique spins on existing art forms such as blues, jazz and gospel... Click here to read more »

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