This year do a deep dive for Black History Month. Don’t settle for the usual. Consider hitting the road to celebrate our history. There are museums in the U.S. and abroad that tell our story. Here are a few ideas for museums to visit and explore during Black History Month and beyond.

National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Washington D.C. 

Visit this museum and you’ll understand why for months after it first opened in 2016 people were standing in lines to get it. There is nothing quite like it. Be prepared to spend a few hours there and to plan a return visit. There is much to digest, you can’t do it in all at once. The National Museum of African-American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, after decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African-Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts, and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. It is the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

ACTe Slavery Museum, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Every now and again you go somewhere that changes you and your world view. The Guadeloupe Island’s Memorial is such a place. It is the largest museum on the planet dedicated to the memory and history of the slave trade and slavery from the early 17th century to the present. The 77,000 square-foot complex, which opened in 2015, is located on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory and is an architectural wonder. The black box housing the permanent exhibition represents the treasure house that the knowledge of one’s past provides. The tiny quartz specks in the black granite honor millions of victims of the slave trade and slavery. The silver latticework, symbolizes the development of intertwined beginnings. As fascinating as the façade is, the works inside are powerful and stir deep emotion. When you see the replica of a slave ship stuffed with hundreds of people side by side with barely room to breathe or lift a chain that once was on someone’s neck and it’s so heavy your hand pulls downward, the tears might flow. You could spend days in the museum. It is comprehensive, interactive, educational and of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, a global initiative to promote healing and harmony of people through the shared legacy of slavery.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

A life-changing experience awaits at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. No matter what you think you know about slavery and civil rights, you’ll walk away with new knowledge and new feelings. Step inside an original slave pen and linger awhile. You might feel a heaviness as pain might permeate the air. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a place for dialogue and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe. Through March 1, you can catch “Mandela: The Journey to UBUNTU,” which commemorates the and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela and includes artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

African-American Museum of History and Culture, Natchez, Miss.

There is no shortage of stories in Natchez. The history is deep. Spend time in the museum and you’ll get a sense of the struggle that was. The museum showcases the city’s African-American historic sites, local legends and major events. Learn about the Rhythm Nightclub fire, where more than 200 African-American Natchez citizens were either burned or trampled to death; Forks of the Road, which was the second largest slave market in the South; and some of the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Nathaniel Wright, a Natchez native.

National Center of Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Ga.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights brings home the connection of the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for human rights around the world. The center was the vision of civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. The effort gained broad-based corporate and community support

Museum Kurá Hulanda, Kura Hulanda, Curaçao

Museum Kurá Hulanda is an anthropological museum that focuses on the predominant cultures of Curaçao. It chronicles the origin of man, the African slave trade, West African empires, pre-Colombian gold, Mesopotamian relics and Antillean art.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

You can get a two-fer in Kansas City. These two museums are right next door to each other in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tells the little-known story of the leagues. The museum is 10,000 square feet and features multimedia computer stations, several film exhibits, hundreds of photographs, a field of 12 bronze sculptures and a growing collection of baseball artifacts.

The American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, the Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, there have been more than 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy or just chill out and enjoy today’s jazz.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and Motown Museum, Detroit, Mich.

The Wright Museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and archival materials, including the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit.

Some highlights include “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African-American History and Culture,” the museum’s 22,000 square-foot, interactive core exhibit that is the largest single exhibition on African-American history in existence.

The Motown Museum is a must for music fans. Where else can you get a chance to stand in Studio A, where all the folks you listened to again and again made those hits that were the soundtrack to your life? You can even check out the restored upper flat where Berry Gordon lived with his family in the formative years of the company. Walk down memory lane with all the artifacts, photos and more.

KwaMuhle Museum, Durban, South Africa

Get a glimpse of what life was like in Durban leading up to the apartheid era. The story is told through photographic prints of township life and reflect on the contributions of the folks who laid the foundation of Ethekwini’s development as one of Africa’s leading cities. The museum is in a building of note, the former headquarters of the Native Administrative Department and center of Durban’s harsh system of labor control. Among the many things you’ll want to see is the exhibit, “The Durban System,” comprising well-researched texts, black and white photographs and a themed environment, which work together to detail this form of urban control. This system consisted of “influx control,” a municipal monopoly on the production of Zulu beer, the creation of beer halls and the creation of segregated accommodations.

Reginald F. Lewis African-American Museum of Maryland History and Culture, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md.

You get a threesome in Baltimore. The Lewis Museum gives props to African-Americans in Maryland. It has some 400 years of history in its permanent collection, with artifacts and displays on politics, sports, media, the arts, education and more.

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is the first in the U.S. to use life-sized wax figures to highlight historical and contemporary African-Americans. The walk-through replica of a slave ship complete with Middle Passage history will move you for sure.

Three years ago, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center opened. You’ll sense what life was like for Tubman during her early days on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Better still that the landscape remains much like it was in Tubman’s time and sites where key events happened still exist and are open for you to check out. The visitor center is a joint project with the Maryland State Park System and the National Park Service.

Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Tacoma, Wash.

You know they say good things come in small packages. There’s a small museum in Tacoma that is one of only two in the world to celebrate one of the most overlooked aspects of Black history in America: The Buffalo Soldiers. From the Civil War to the National Park Service, the Buffalo Soldiers influenced U.S. history from 1866 to 1944. Although they were at first cooks and laborers, they were key to the victory in the Spanish American War and they became the country’s first National Park Service rangers.