NMIAH Sneakpeak

The National Museum of Italian American Heritage was born on April 11, 2017 and will open its doors in October 2018 at 5706 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore MD 21212

The National Museum of Italian American Heritage is more than an immigration museum.

Its purpose is to document and honor the myriad of contributions made by the people of Italy and their descendants to the very fabric of American society from its earliest origins and its philosophical underpinning through philosophers, explorers, adventurers, industrialists, scientists, educators, politicians, and everyday extraordinary people, telling the whole story which continues to flourish and evolve in America today.

Italian Americans are the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States of America today, with distinct cultural values and traits which distinguish them as a people within the greater multicultural American society. Thus, the museum serves as a point of reference for those who are Italians and Italian Americans and those who wish to learn about Italians and Italian Americans.


Inside the NMIAH you will find:

  • Main Gallery: 1300 sqft of multifunctional space for the promotion of Italian Americans Artists and to house the ICCM permanent collection of Bambagini paintings (currently on loan to the IACC)

  • Immigration Gallery: 1000 sqft of multifunctional space with state of the art multimedia equipment and permanent exhibit for the Italian Immigration Stories and contributions of Italians and their descendants to the United States of America.

  • National Italian American Film Institute and Media Library: a space where every Italian American can come, tell and record his own immigration story. The goal is to establish a multimedia library for the community at large to learn about each and every contribution Italians made to the State of Maryland.

  • Minitalia: 1000 sqft space completely dedicated to the future generations of Italian Americans! 

  • B-More Italy Boutique


The aims and goals of the National Museum of Italian American Heritage are as follows:

To establish and maintain a museum dedicated to the struggles of Italians and Italian Americans and their achievements and contributions to American culture and society;

To collect, own, hold, preserve, exhibit, and interpret a collection of appropriate objects;

To gather and preserve memorabilia, reminiscences, oral histories, documents and other appropriate material in an archive and library;

To sponsor lectures, symposia, musical programs, film, festivals, theater, and art exhibitions; and

To raise public awareness and appreciation of the accomplishments and contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the American way of life.

The ICCM has been working on this project since 2011 and many local and international partnerships are already in place to guaranty the success of the Museum.

The National Museum of Italian American Heritage is a member of the American Alliance of Museums