How Kid-Friendly is the Smithsonian’s African American Museum?
If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, bring the children because kid-friendly experiences make this museum a must-see on a capital vacation.
Visitors learn the complex story of perseverance and achievement of African Americans in the architecturally symbolic building: from the intricate three-tiered, bronze-colored, cast-aluminum panels on the outside, to the exhibit spaces - 70 percent of which are below ground.
We guarantee, kids won’t be bored, especially with these museum features:
Lunch Counter Experience. Sit in stools from the lunch counter at the Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C., the site of many sit-in protests against racial segregation.
Interactive digital displays on the counter let you answer: If you were present during various chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement, what you would do?
The National African American History and Culture Museum is the hottest museum ticket in town, and visitors spend two to six hours there. Timed entry passes are necessary to enter the museum (unless you have a military ID), and the timed passes are made available five long months in advance. Plan ahead!
Exhibit photos courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, by Alan Karchmer & Eric Long.