A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Visiting the Museum

Open everyday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except Dec.25
Museum Address
1400 Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20560
Ph. 1-844-750-3012
Admission is free. Passes may be required.

Walk-up to the museum without a pass on weekdays after 1pm. Timed entry passes are required every Saturday and Sunday and for groups of 10 or more. Learn More!

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Southern view of the Museum and Porch

Group Passes Available

Passes are available for group visits between May and September 2019.
Group Pass Options

A Celebration of Pride Month

Image of men holding a large rainbow flag with buildings and balloons in the background.

LGBTQ+ Objects in the NMAAHC Collection

This page provides an explanation for how LGBTQ-related objects in the NMAAHC collection are cataloged and can be searched within the online collection. In addition, it highlights a recent acquisition, the Ron Simmons Archive, and provides a list of individuals related to LGBTQ+ identities, communities, and histories who are represented in the online collection.
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Viewing for a limited time: A previously unknown portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman


Pages in the Emily Howland Album will be turned periodically starting June 21

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Lonnie G. Bunch III named Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

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Statement on the Discovery of the Slave Ship Clotilda

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The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is one of the most important events in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865 enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, Texas were notified by Union troops they, along with all other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree.

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Nat Turner's Bible

Nat Turner's Bible

Nat Turner believed he was called by God to deliver his people from slavery and he used preaching to convince enslaved people to join his revolt. On August 21, 1831, Turner and his followers began their rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia.
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Dr. J's Shoes

Sneakers Worn By Dr. J

Sneakers worn by Julius "Dr. J" Erving and inscribed to Doc Stanley.
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

A photograph of Kappa Alpha Psi members.
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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

Upcoming Events

The Young Historians Institute

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harambee! with Baba Ras D

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 11:00am to 12:00pm

The Young Historians Institute

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 8:30am to 4:00pm