MGM Resorts International Donates $1 Million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

September 18, 2015
News Release

MGM Resorts International has announced a $1 million donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The gift will support the construction of the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, scheduled to open in 2016.

Currently under construction on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument, the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum will be a place where Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience. Since its start in 2003, the museum has built a collection of more than 30,000 objects covering major periods of African American history, beginning with the origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance, the great migrations north and west and into the 21st century.

“MGM Resorts is proud to support the Smithsonian’s addition of this museum in honor and celebration of the unique role of African Americans in the evolution of America into the great nation that it is today,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “The museum is a living symbol of our company’s and country’s commitment to the foundation of diversity that is our national heritage, and the vision of inclusion that is our company’s aspiration for the future.”

MGM Resorts International is building a world-class destination resort in the Washington, D.C., area—MGM National Harbor—that is expected to open in the second half of 2016. Located on the Potomac River just south of the National Mall and the museum in neighboring Prince George’s County, Md., the fully integrated resort is designed to reflect the history and heritage of the Capital Region.

Once operational, the team of about 3,600 employees will embody MGM’s values and continue its deep commitment to the principles of diversity and community engagement. MGM is already off to a strong start in the region, and has more than 100 Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified by the State of Maryland, engaged in the design and construction phase of the MGM National Harbor project. Also, the goals for MBE participation outlined in the Community Benefits Agreement with the county are consistently being met and exceeded. Furthermore, MGM National Harbor is investing in the local communities, with a philanthropic pledge to donate $1 million to nonprofit organizations in the county before the resort opens.

For more information about MGM Resorts International’s commitment to diversity and philanthropy, or to learn more about MGM National Harbor, visit

About the Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Scheduled to open in fall 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Upon completion, the museum will become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural institution devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting the African American story and its impact on American history. For more information, visit the museum’s website at

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit

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