Baltimore Model: Lewis Museum's design reflects African-American spirit

More than two dozen cities now have or are planning African-American-themed cultural centers, making them the fastest growing subcategory of museums in the country.

With 82,000 square feet of space, Baltimore's Lewis Museum will be the second largest in the country, after the Detroit Museum of African American History. Because of its proximity to the Inner Harbor, it's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Besides space for permanent and temporary exhibits, the Lewis Museum contains an auditorium, resource center, interactive learning center, oral history recording center, gift shop, cafe, classrooms, meeting rooms, offices and reception areas.

Read about Baltimore's model here.


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