Established in 1996, the museum's programs provide an environment and means to encourage and empower participants to develop an awareness of and gain an appreciation for the educational and social contributions of African Americans to Florida's history. Constructed in 1890, it was the home of John Gilmore Riley, a distinguished educator, astute businessman, and highly respected civic and religious leader. Born into slavery in 1857 in Leon County, Riley’s phenomenal rise is a lesson in resilience, perseverance and sheer determination. John Riley lived in the house with his family until his death in 1954. The house is now the location of a museum with ongoing arts and cultural programs including exhibitions and a collection of original historical publications.
Tours of the historic Riley house offers visitors the chance to to experience a living testament of the rich cultural heritage of the historic Smokey Hollow community and other African American landmarks and legacies that accentuate Tallahassee’s diverse cultural landscape.
Individual & Group Tours:
Tours are customized to relate to the needs, interests and age of the individual(s) touring the facility. Self-guided tours are also available during regular operating hours. Fill out our Group Tour Reservation Form and fax it to 850-681-7000 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org 10 days prior to your tour date.
Step-On Guided Landmarks & Legacy Tours:
Tours of the historic Riley house offer visitors the chance to experience a living testament of the rich cultural heritage of the historic Smokey Hollow community.
419 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32301