National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday
12 to 5:30 p.m. Monday*
*10 a.m. on federal holidays
Free timed-entry passes required
Closed Dec. 25


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this nation.


Harriet Tubman's hymnal; Nat Turner’s bible; A plantation cabin from South Carolina; Guard tower from Angola Prison; Michael Jackson's fedora; and works by prolific artists such as Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.

  • Sweet Home Café
    The 2017 James Beard Award nominated Sweet Home Café showcases the rich culture and history of the African American people with traditional, authentic offerings as well as present-day food traditions.
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors may obtain a Dine and Shop Pass to facilitate museum entry to dine in the Sweet Home Café or shop in the museum store. 

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall exit)

There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Limited 3-hour metered parking and commercial lots are available. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).

Current Exhibitions

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Collection items shown may not be on view.