A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Operating Status Update

Due to the winter storm the Smithsonian's National Zoo and museums in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Visiting the Museum: Off-Peak Season

Passes are not required for weekdays in January and February. Timed entry passes are required for Saturdays and Sundays and groups of 10 or more. Learn More!

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Through the African American Lens

The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality. 

The Great Migration

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection.

The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American.

Lonnie G. Bunch III Founding Director, NMAAHC