The National Museum of African Art is located in the Enid A. Haupt Garden near the Smithsonian Castle and the Sackler Gallery at 950 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC. It was established as a private museum in 1964, and officially became a part of the Smithsonian Institution in August 1979.
Artwork in the museum comes from all parts of Africa, but most of it is from the region south of the Sahara. Represented countries include Mali, Cameroon, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Ghana, and Morocco, among others. Most of the items in the collection are sculptures, masks, furniture, and musical instruments made from wood.
The museum is open to the general public daily from 10 a.m to 5:30pm and is only close for Christmas.
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