National Museum of African American History and Culture

15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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nmaahc.si.edu

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Timed passes required
Closed December 25

About

The newest Smithsonian museum opened September 24, 2016, near the Washington Monument, and has welcomed more than 1 million visitors to date.  It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.

Highlights

Collection highlights include Nat Turner’s bible; an extensive repository of photos and film documenting everyday Black life; a segregation-era Southern Railway car; African-American ephemera examining the Double Victory Military Experience; Michael Jackson’s fedora; and works by prolific artists, such as Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.

  • Sweet Home CaféThe 2017 James Beard Award nominated Sweet Home Café boasts both refined and down-home cooking intricately linked to the geographic regions that inspired each dish, revealing stories about African American culture through food.  The café is open 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

Parking is limited to street parking and commercial lots and garages. See map.

Metro Station: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Collection items shown may not be on view.

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