Introducing The National Museum of African American History and Culture – What It is About, and How To Visit


In our African cultural feature this month, we introduce the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) which was dedicated and opened to the public this September 2016.  See What It is About, and How To Visit.

About The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC): The NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following 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 charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Museum, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”  "This Museum will tell the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. This is America’s Story and this museum is for all Americans."

Information on How To Visit The Museum:

Location: The National Museum of African American History and Culture is located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., between Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue and between 14th and 15th Streets.
Operating hours: 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.
Admission Cost: Entry to all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. is free.
Contact Information: For more information call 1-844-750-3012.

Architect and building designer - David Adjaye. Pictures by Joel Mason-Gaines, Boston Globe, Blue Maumau, metropolismag.


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