American Poetry Museum

Our Mission

The American Poetry Museum is dedicated to celebrating poetry, promoting literacy, fostering meaningful dialogue, encouraging an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience, and educating local, national, and international audiences through the presentation, preservation and interpretation of American poetry.

Founded in 2004, APM is one of the first museums in the world dedicated to collecting, interpreting and presenting American poetry. We are committed to the continuation of poetry as a literary and performance art and the use of poetry as an active tool for education.

American Poetry Museum's Anacostia Gallery
The Anacostia Gallery
 

A Museum for the Community

The American Poetry Museum goes beyond traditional museum functions to provides a place for communities to gather and participate in meaningful dialogue on issues that are of interest and importance to their lives. This new approach to museum programming emphasizes active learning and engagement rather than passive reflection.

APM addresses three fundamental issues:

  • The downward trend in book consumption by Americans, especially poetry;
  • The need for museums to be centers of active learning and civic engagement;
  • The encouragement and appreciation of the diversity of the American experience;

By working to fulfill all of these needs, the American Poetry Museum produces programs that are specifically committed to the continuation of poetry as a literary and performance art and the use of poetry as an active tool for education.

 

Directions

APM's programs & exhibits are held at The Anacostia Gallery
1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Washington, DC 20020

Bus: 90 (Anacostia)/92(Congress Heights) bus from 7th & Florida, NW to Good Hope & MLK, SE

Metro: Green line (Branch Ave. direction) to Anacostia Station, and transfer to the 90, P1, P2, or P6 to Good Hope Road & 13th, SE, then walk to the left.