Exterior of Carver Museum with the slogan "Our People. Our History. Our Culture."

Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated.

We accomplish this by telling stories about our local community and connecting those histories to larger narratives about Blackness.

For interest in the artifact(s) donation procedure please visit our Donations & Collection Information Page.

The Carver Museum is now open to the public. Entrance is free and walk-ins are available. Masks are strongly encouraged inside the Museum.

We are proud to announce free digital programs for the public! Follow the link for Carver Museum Programs.


Carver Museum and Cultural Center Presents First Career Retrospective of iconic photographer Jamel Shabazz

Legendary photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents his first career retrospective, Peace to the Queen at the Carver Museum. The exhibit spans four decades of work by the artist and features portraits of women of color that are candid, artful, and often intimate. At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice—Peace to the Queen has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Jamel Shabazz’s resurgent career.

Doctoral candidate, Ja’nell N. Ajani is the curator of this ground-breaking exhibition.

Peace to the Queen will run through August 15, 2022.

Small Black Museum Residency Volume II

Learn more here.

photograph of orange wall with floating black text "SMALL BLACK MUSEUM RESIDENCY VOL. 1" next to a bold and colorful portrait of a man by artist Adrian Armstrong

CarverMuseumATX is requesting proposals for our 2022 Small Black Museum Residency Project. The Carver residency project is a three-month residency for three artists to develop new artwork and engage in professional development initiatives offered through the program. The residency will have a hybrid format that takes place remotely and in-person between September 5, 2022 - November 28, 2022.  Artists who successfully complete the residency will be eligible to participate in a group show, or solo exhibition.

ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 22, 2022 | APPLY HERE


Grooves from the Deep and the Space Math of George Clinton

dark blue banner with abstracted drawing and paintings and text: "Grooves from the Deep and the space math of George Clinton, March 10 2022 - June 19 2022"

Funk icon, extraterrestrial, and Afrofuturist—George Clinton is exhibiting a recent body of visual art at the Carver Museum ATX.

Through mixed-media paintings, Clinton teleports viewers to the inner-outer spaces of his imagination. Drawing inspiration from his music, and the funk that moves through it, Clinton creates cosmic cheat codes, maps, and portals for those interested in freeing their minds. 

Grooves from the Deep and the space math of George Clinton will be on exhibit until June 19, 2022.


Carver Museum Facility Expansion Plan

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Banner of Mandy from the African American Presence in 19th Century Texas exhibit

On Exhibit

History, culture and art exhibits curated to educate and inspire. The Carver Museum has two rotating art galleries as well as four permanent exhibits honoring African-Americans in Austin and beyond.


AKIRASH performs during the opening reception of his art exhibit, Majele (Venomous). January 2020.

Programs and Events

The Carver provides culture and arts based programming free and for all ages to allow visitors to connect with community through special events and ongoing learning experiences. 


Students enjoy HBCU Day 2020.

Education Programs and Services

The Carver offers culture and arts classes and educational programs that will come to you.


Exterior view of the Carver Genealogical Center

Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center provides genealogy databases, workshops and seminars for free.


Michael J. Love performs during Works in Progress. February 2020.

Learn about what is happening at the Carver from special events, classes, and more.

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