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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • Metro: Smithsonian
  • Hours: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Days Open: 7 days a week, except on December 25

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The striking 400,000 square-foot museum is designed to tell the complex story of perseverance and achievement of African Americans: from the intricate three-tiered bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels on the outside, to the exhibit spaces - 70 percent of which are below ground.

The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality.

Sweet Home Café, housed in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, showcases the rich culture and history of the African American people with traditional, authentic offerings as well as present-day food traditions. The museum is also available for private events and multiple event venues and a theater.

The Museum requires timed-entry passes for certain peak times and seasons when visitation is highest. Request one here. NMAAHC is conveniently located within walking distance to several Metro lines including the Federal Triangle Station, served by the Orange, Blue and Silver lines and the Smithsonian Station, served by the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines. Limited, metered street parking is available on both Madison Avenue, NW and Jefferson Drive, SW.

Images are courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.