The African American Museum In Philadelphia Hosts Its Annual Kwanzaa Celebration December 26-27

African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia hosts two days of Kwanzaa programming at its Old City museum December 26 and 17. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Located in the city’s historic district of Old City, the African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates Kwanzaa every year with festivities at the end of the month.

The week-long observance of Kwanzaa begins this year on Saturday, December 26 and ends on Friday, January 1, 2016. Starting December 26 and continuing on December 27, the museum that acknowledges the aspirations and achievements of African Americans in this country holds a celebration throughout the entire weekend to mark this year’s Kwanzaa.

The AAMP hosts various activities for families at the museum in recognition of both African culture and this year’s holiday. Derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which translates to “first fruits,” Kwanzaa traditions include song, dance, story telling, gift giving and traditional foods and meals.

Each day of the festivities, a candle-lighting ceremony at noon marks the beginning of the special occasion.

Throughout the weekend, singing, story telling, and West African dancing and drumming with Camara Arts will creative a festive atmosphere.

For those looking for something for a loved one, Kwanzaa-themed hands-on workshops give guests the chance to make arts and crafts like scarves, charm necklaces, quilts and more.

The museum also encourages all attendees to bring a canned good to support a food drive for Philabundance.

The family-friendly museum and events encourage African Americans to bridge their past and present through an understanding of their heritage. A celebration at the end of one year and beginning of another connects time and culture.

​Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at The African American Museum in Philadelphia

When: Saturday, December 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, December 27, noon-5 p.m.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: Included in general admission, $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors
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