Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unknown, 1887-1889

Lewis H., Latimer [1848-1928] was an African American inventor whose innovations in designing carbon filaments ushered in the age of electric light. Latimer was the son of fugitive slaves, a self-taught master draftsman, and expert on patent law, a poet and painter—in short, a self-taught Renaissance man. The historic Victorian home of Lewis Latimer stands today as a testament to the talented and gracious man.

A New York City landmark, the Museum's mission is to call attention to the contributions of Latimer and other minorities to American life through interactive tours, exhibits, community events and educational programs for families, schools, and seniors. Latimer's life story is used as a point of departure from which to examine issues of race, class, immigration and contemporary events. In 1998, Latimer House was saved from demolition by a coalition of concerned citizens and moved to a New York City park, at 34-41 137th Street, Flushing, New York. The Building is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and is a member organization of the Historic House Trust. It is operated by the Lewis H. Latimer Fund.

Tour about Lewis Latimer's incredible story as a self-taught African American inventor and humanist in the 19th century as well as his parents journey as fugitive slaves. Visitors will see original furniture, artwork, electric lights, interactive poetry installation, and photos of the house being moved in 1988.

This site is part of the Historic House Trust of NYC, a non-profit organization operating in tandem with the NYC Parks Department that provides essential support for 23 houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350+ years of New York City life.

Saturday  & Sunday Tour Info: Tours will be offered on an ongoing basis, every 30 mins, throughout both days.

For Kids: Families are welcome to picnic in the museum garden.


Image Credit: Joel Holub