National Museum of African American History and Culture
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday
12 to 5:30 p.m. Monday*
*10 a.m. on federal holidays
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.
We encourage the use of Metrorail and Metrobus.
Metro Station: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Nearest Accessible Metro Entrance:
West side of 12th St., NW, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Ave., NW
Check Metrorail's Elevator and Escalator Service Status page for service disruptions.
To provide an address for MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. However, it is recommended to request drop off on the Madison Drive side of the museum.
There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. A limited number of city-operated metered parking spaces are available, including several accessible parking spaces.
View a map of accessible parking spaces.
Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Dining and Shopping
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. For assistance with/information on group dining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Museum Store or explore a selection of merchandise online at the Smithsonian Store.
See Getting Here for information on accessible parking and public transportation.
Accessibility Information and Programs
Disability access service requests: NMAAHCVisitorServices@si.edu
Sort By: OpeningClosing View By: display results as listdisplay results as grid
- Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures
- Spirit in the Dark: Religion in Black Music, Activism, and Popular Culture
- Highlights of the NMAAHC Library Collection
- Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
- Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
- Taking the Stage
- Slavery and Freedom
- Cultural Expressions
- Musical Crossroads
- Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968
- Making a Way Out of No Way
- A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
- A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
- Power of Place
- Visual Art and the American Experience
View all African American Museum exhibitions