At this time, we would like to announce the closure of the Great Plains Black History Museum to the public.  This closure is effective today through TBD.

Please be aware that we are providing virtual tours and presentations to the public.  (See Facebook page for days and times.  @Greatplainsblackhistorymuseum) 

While there has been no known exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19 at the GPBHM, we believe a temporary closure of the Museum is in the best interest of our visitors, staff, and the community in general as we all do our part to reduce the risk of spreading in a manner that overwhelms our healthcare system. 

The GPBHM will reopen to visitors is TBD.  The GPBHM remains committed to serving our community, and at this time, the best way we can demonstrate that is through closure. We join with so many in Omaha, at the recommendation of our health officials, to ensure we do our part to facilitate social distancing in our community.

We recognize the rapidly changing nature of conditions and recommendations surrounding COVID-19 and therefore encourage everyone to watch your email and the Museum’s website and social media pages for additional updates.

As always, thank you for your continued support, and be safe!

Eric L. Ewing

Executive Director

Welcome to the

Great Plains
Black History Museum

Preserving, celebrating and educating all people of the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout the great plains of America.

About Great Plains Black History Museum

For the past 40 years, The Great Plains Black History Museum has been a striving institution dedicated to publicizing and preserving the achievements of the region’s vibrant African American heritage. To ensure the success both of a future capital campaign and the sustainability of the institution, the museum must gain broad community acceptance. The target audiences will include the general African-American community, regional residents, schoolchildren, and tourists.

The institutions main objectives are as follows:

  • To provide a gathering place and an educational resource to celebrate identity and achievement of the contributions African Americans have made in the development and settlement of the Great Plains region adhering to authenticity and truthfulness in the presentation of this history.
  • To inspire learning and contributions to knowledge cooperating with schools, historic sites, and other institutions in and beyond Omaha to facilitate research, instruction, and artistic expression.
  • Strengthen commitments to social justice and bridge cultural differences.
  • It will offer a context in which to understand local and regional African-American history and culture, through providing information about national and global history of African and African-American history and culture.
  • Through our partnerships and our committees we must foster the growth of much needed community leaders and organizations to which emphasis will be placed on effective community outreach programs targeting youth, parents, and community organizations.

Meet Our Board

Click on the photos below to read the board member’s biography.

Eric L. Ewing
Frank Hayes
Jamar Dorsey
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Rev. Portia Cavitt
Rudy Smith
Robert Rose


Student: 10$ &

Senior: 10$

Single: 20$

Family: 40$

Business: 100$

Lifetime: 500$

Great Plains Black History Museum
2505 N. 24th Street
Omaha, NE, 68110


Hours of Operation

Thursdays – Fridays and Saturdays
1-5 PM
*Private Tours available by Appointment


Great Plains Black History Museum