The Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) is the new must-see attraction in Washington DC. Since it’s opening in September, locals and tourists alike have been making it a priority to pay a visit to see the rich history and culture dating back to 1915 and beyond. The museum has a variety of exhibitions and collections with close to 37,000 objects related to community, family, the arts, religion, civil rights, slavery and segregation on display. This museum provides an interactive experience to explore the African-American culture and history and to examine the current issues surrounding race that our country still faces today.
The collection of artifacts and artworks allow visitors to see the American culture through the lens of African-American throughout history. This museum gives people a unique perspective of American history by having stories documented and on display. Some of the exhibits currently on display include, “A Century in the Making”, “A Changing America”, “Slavery and Freedom”, “Visual Art and The American Experience”, and “Musical Crossroads.” There are many notable collection items including, items owned by Harriet Tubman, Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac, a fedora worn by Michael Jackson, a wallet belonging to Harry T. Moore, a dress sewn by Rosa Parks, and costumes featured in The Wiz on Broadway.
The Museum of African-American History is located near the National Mall at 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, between Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue, about a 20-minute metro ride away from our bed and breakfast in DC. NMAAHC is open everyday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free, however, a Timed Pass is required for admittance and a limited amount of Same Day Passes are available. The advanced Timed Passes are sold out through March 2018, so if you would like to attend the museum you can visit and see if Same Day Passes are available online starting at 6:30 am each morning.
Check out the video of the opening ceremony of the NMAAHC below: