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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Smithsonian Institution Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It has over 35,000 objects in its collection related to African American History and Culture and is open to the public for free of charge.

The museum was established in 2003, and it opened in 2016, in a ceremony led by U.S. President Barack Obam. Its collection relates to African American subjects of community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery, and segregation. The museum has separate 12 exhibition areas with multiple interactive activities and videos across five floors.

Historical Objects and Exhibits of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 African American topics covered by the Museum

  • Slavery
  • Segregation
  • Civil Rights
  • Religious Groups
  • American South
  • American West
  • Clothing and Dress
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Family
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Politics

Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • The Museum requires timed-entry passes for certain peak times and busy seasons when visitor demand is highest. During off-peak times, when visitor numbers are lower, visitors can enter the Museum without a timed-entry pass.
  • Entry to all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. is free.
  • The Museum is located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., between Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue and between 14th and 15th Streets.
  • The Museum is open 7-days a week, 364 days a year. Regular operating hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Museum is closed on December 25.
  • Peak Season is usually from March to August.
  • All visitors are required to pass through security screening at the entrance to the Museum. All visitors are expected to walk through a metal detector. Those visitors unable to go through the metal detector will be hand-screened with an electronic wand.
  • No food and drink are allowed in the Museum. Bottled water is permitted. Food and beverages may be consumed in the Museum Café.

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“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
– Abraham Lincoln

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