American Beach Museum is now The A.L. Lewis Museum at American Beach

The formerly named American Beach Museum opened on September 5, 2014, bringing the lifelong dream of MaVynee Oshun Betsch “The Beach Lady,” to fruition. MaVynee was a prominent figure on American Beach, and the great-granddaughter of A. L. Lewis. For decades, MaVynne worked tirelessly to protect American Beach’s place in history. She gave guided beach tours, operated a makeshift museum from her motorhome and fought against development and environmental degradation. With MaVynee’s transition in 2005, the museum continues her life’s work to preserve and celebrate the heritage of American Beach.

Get a glimpse of American Beach during the Jim Crow era and step inside the lives of African Americans who lived and played here. Learn more about founder A. L. Lewis, his great-granddaughter “The Beach Lady” and efforts to preserve the beach. Visit .