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The exhibit at the African Art Museum of Maryland (AAMM)
is temporarily closed as a public health precaution
due to COVID19 (coronavirus). Once the museum opens,
come visit us at our new location at
The Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court,
Suite 12, Columbia, MD 21045.
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A 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Institution ~ Founded 1980
11711 East Market Place
Phone & Fax:
Maple Lawn Community
Fulton, MD  20759
(Howard County)
Hours:  Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – other times by appointment for groups of 10 or more.*











About The Museum

The African Art Museum of Maryland (AAMM) is the first museum in the community of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland (Howard County).   In 2014, the African Art Museum of Maryland observes thirty-four years of service to the public.


In Museums We Trust
Museums are constantly redefining their roles as educators, conveners, innovators, and leaders.  To fulfill these duties, museums build relationships among community members and organizations based on trust and confidence.

For museums, trust includes having a well-informed administration, following ethical practices, carefully managing resources, identifying community needs, keeping promises, embracing innovation and different voices.  Recognizing and defining trust and keeping it is critical for an institution to fulfill its mission and build confidence.

When trust exists, individuals endorse a museum by viewing its exhibitions, by attending its programs, by sharing museum experiences with family and friends, by volunteering, or by making financial contributions.

These relationships ensure the sustainability and accountability of the museum and inspire the community to rely on the museum.  (Reprinted by permission from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums)




Mission Statement: In service to the public, the African Art Museum of Maryland, through an exploration of the art of Africa, is dedicated to the encouragement of broader understanding and awareness of the diverse cultures and artistic expressions of the people of the African continent. AAMM Collects, exhibits, and preserves for the public, treasure objects reflecting the fifty-five countries of Africa.

The Museum's treasured objects reflect traditional societies from Morocco to South Africa and from Senegal to Somalia. The Museum offers also a range of experiences to include in-museum and outreach events with video presentations

(African Experience Tour (AET)), which includes a hand-on-art experience offered in-museum and outreach, lectures, youth and adult workshops, visiting scholars, and school and community outreach programs. African art exhibited by the Museum includes masks, sculptured figures, textiles, baskets, jewelry, household items and musical instruments. In addition, multiple tours to African nations are offered. Countries visited to date include Senegal, the Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The Museum rents for exhibit space, 900 square feet from the Conference Center in the Community of Maple Lawn in Fulton, MD (Howard County).  The Conference Center is owned by the Baltimore/Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Four hundred (400) objects are currently on exhibition, “African Art: From the Collectors’ Collections.”

Royal Chair
Gift of Ambassador Kenneth Brown

Goals – Founder, Doris Hillian Ligon, states the goals of the Museum are to continue to serve the public as it:

Exhibits African art in its diversity and in relation to the cultures that create it for enhanced knowledge and viewing pleasure;
Engages in research of African art and culture for the purpose of complementing in-museum and outreach activities;
Offers effective and varied events/activities for youth and families which allow opportunities for increased knowledge.
Remains a valued resource as it serves an ever-growing broad and diverse audience.
Experiences growth in its collection of valued art objects and in expanded language usage for its didactic labels.
*Special openings incur additional costs. Please call for clarification.


In firm belief that education and planned travel are major aids toward cultural understanding and, in demonstration of AAMM’s inclusiveness, multi-language didactic labels and oral presentations supplement select exhibited treasures. Also, organized travel to African nations is an AAMM activity.

Since its inception, AAMM has presented for viewing pleasure, in its location and at Outreach events, astounding works of the highest quality including contemporary, intercontinentally known, stellar artists, held in the highest esteem.

Artists include Nigerian fifth-generation Master Carver Lamidi Olonade Fakeye, whose “Housepost” was donated to the museum in 1985. Mr. Fakeye, by invitation, was commissioned to carve the doors leading to the Africa Room in the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. He has been invited throughout Europe and the USA to demonstrate his mastery of wood carving on college campuses and museums. Mr. Fakeye passed away in 2009; his reputation continues to grow. His works are in private collections and have been in world collections and retrospectives including: the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oduduwa statue at University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Western Michigan University.

Offical Logo of the African Art Museum of Maryland

The African Art Museum of Maryland is deeply appreciative of and supported by memberships ranging from annually $20 per individual to Lifetime membership of $1,000 for families, institutions and groups. AAMM seeks also grants and corporate sponsorships and is grateful for all donations. Fundraisers are scheduled throughout the year. Additional information supplied by request.