The Black Writers Museum (BWM) is housed at the historic Vernon House in the middle of the beautiful Vernon Park, and sits along a corridor of a series of Philadelphia’s National Landmarks in historic Germantown. As the only museum of its kind in America, the BWM provides exhibits of classic and contemporary Black Literature and its authors, exposing visitors to generations of history as written by some of America’s most prominent literary composers. Housing collections of first edition and autographed books, rare newspapers and documents, photographs, paintings, journals, magazines, manuscripts, recordings, and more, the BWM brings history and culture to life. As an educational institution, the BWM houses an archives, library, and computer laboratory used by local researchers, students, and inquiring visitors. Tourists from across America and students from all levels of academia visit and take guided educational tours, and participate in workshops, lectures and seminars.

The Black Writers Museum is open to the general public during regular hours and available for school trips, summer camps, private corporate tours and discussion, and all types of community groups and institutions.

To book a trip or group tour call 267.297.3078 or email

Black Writers Museum

Historic Vernon House
5800 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


Monday – Appointment Only
Tuesday – Appointment Only
Wednesday -11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Friday -11 AM – 6 PM
Saturday -11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – Special Events Only

Public Transportation Nearby
SEPTA 23 bus route and Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail Line (Germantown Station)

Black Writers Museum Website