The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) was Founded in 2012, it was the realization of a dream by its co-founder, Elsie Hernandez, to create an institution that would hold programs and exhibits that will contribute to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Chicago. Since then the museum has hosted a wide array of programs and exhibits showcasing Haiti's rich culture and art as well as its complex history. We invite you to enjoy our changing exhibits, use our space and attend varied programs.

Elsie Hernandez, Founder & President

Originally from Haiti, Elsie has a strong sense of attachment to her place of birth. It's her love for Haiti  that prompted her to open the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Her passion for Haiti and its rich culture is contagious and follows her everywhere she goes. Elsie has an extensive background as an educator, nurse, civil leader, and scholar.

Carlos Bossard, Executive Director

Originally from Roseville, Minnesota, Carlos earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2017. After working in commercial photography, he moved to Chicago to further his education. Carlos recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His Capstone Project focused on creating more diverse and inclusive museum practices and highlighted HAMOC as a museum excelling in the field. Carlos' passion for the institution will ensure the museum continues to be a key voice for the Haitian society in the United States and the world.

Executive Board

Brenda Jones
Margaret Poe
Karen Richman
Daniel Hernandez
Carla Carr
Kent Shankle

Elsie Hector Hernandez

Advisory Board

Stan West
Jean Yves Hector
Fabienne Beauzil
Jean Herbert Danier
Amanda Sexton
Felicia Brown

Luckner Jean

Staff & Volunteers

The Haitian American Museum of Chicago would be nothing without this incredibly talented group of individuals. Thank you for all you do!

        Benjamin Henderson - Museum Educator

Amanda Sexton - Library Consultant 

Carlinthia Cox - Archivist

Damian Lewandowski - Accountant

Luis Limardo - Illustrator
Jean Herbert Danier - Webmaster

Jean Yves Hector - Artist In-Residence

Romeo Hernandez - Curator

Zachary Baker Salmon - Film/Theatre Programmer

Estime Frader - Translator

Joel Maxime  - Artist In-Residence

Michael Harris - Library Coordinator

Professional Memberships

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Illinois Association of Museums

Hours of Operation

 Tuesday           12PM - 6PM

 Thursday          12PM - 6PM

 Friday               12PM - 6PM

 Sunday              12PM - 4PM

Price of Admission: $5

Group rates available!

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4654 N Racine Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640



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