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National Museum of African American History & Culture

National Museum of African American History & Culture

1400 Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20560




After Friday, September 23, 2016 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the grounds of the Washington Monument in downtown DC. This brand new addition to the Smithsonian Institution is a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike–here’s what you can look forward to on your next visit!


What is the NMAAHC?


The NMAAHC was founded as a means of telling the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. Created for all Americans, the NMAAHC hosts dozens of unique exhibits, such as:


  • The American South
  • The American West
  • Civil Rights
  • Clothing and Dress
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Family
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Religious Groups
  • Segregation
  • Slavery
  • Much more


The museum’s goal is to teach visitors about the families and individuals who achieved success under difficult circumstances, how African Americans improved their circumstances through hope, strength, and support, and to celebrate the diversity of creative expressions that continue to influence society today.


Where is the NMAAHC Located?


Located at 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, the NMAAHC is just a stone’s throw away from Pennsylvania Avenue and top attractions like the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Museum openings in the DC area are uncommon, and a prestigious museum such as the NMAAHC opening in the heart of our nation’s capital is virtually unheard of. With close proximity to downtown restaurants, shopping and other attractions, the NMAAHC it the ideal stop for any DC visit.




The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. After 13 years of planning and construction, members of the NMAAHC have collected more than 36,000 artifacts, all in an effort to achieve four goals:


1. To provide an opportunity for visitors to explore and revel in the history of African American culture.
2. To help all Americans see how their stories, histories, and culture are shaped and informed by global influences.
3. To allow visitors to explore what it means to be an American and share how American values like resilience, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture.
4. To serve as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington DC to engage new audiences and work together with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history.


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Photo Credit: Rex Hammock