The Museum of Black Inventors opened February 25, 1996 in the Central West End of St. Louis, Missouri. Located just east of beautiful Forest Park and the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, the Museum welcomes visitors from around the globe.
The original Gallery housed inventions in the form of drawings, photographs, documentation and Replicas. The Museum also displays innovative improvements of inventions by African Americans. In 1997 the “Knowledge On Wheels Traveling Exhibit” was introduced as a way to showcase Black Inventions around the US.
The Knowledge on Wheels Traveling Exhibit has been displayed at corporations like Kraft Foods in Chicago during Black History Month Celebrations. Navy Pier in Chicago, The African World Festival in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Kansas City Black Expos, University of MO Columbia, The Principal School, American Family Insurance, East St Louis Public Library and hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, and more.
The Museum collaborates with the St. Louis Cultural Arts Center to host many programs that serve the community. Annual Museum Fund raisers, annual Youth Ball, Mother Daughter Fashion Show and Blog,”Camp Inventions” youth summer camp and Entrepreneur Youth & Women Empowerment Zone and more.
MOBI was founded by Loretta Ford a native of St. Louis, and a woman determined to educate the public about contributions by African Americans that helped to build America.