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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Museum News and Highlights


Statement On the Passing of Toni Morrison

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture Receives the Ebony and Jet Magazine Archives

NMAAHC will acquire a significant portion of the archive of the Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines.

Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III Statement on the Passing of Phil Freelon, Lead Architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Dr. Spencer Crew Begins as Interim Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Featured Exhibition


Musical Crossroads

African American musical creativity has generated and enriched a vast array of musical styles, from folk and blues, to classical and spiritual, to jazz and hip-hop. These musical creations are a soundtrack to stories of African American history, culture, and community.
Religion and Black Power

African American churches provided spiritual and practical support for civil rights advocates. The militant rhetoric of the black power movement troubled many ministers, but others supported demands for fundamental and immediate change. The Nation of Islam reinforced black power philosophy by insisting that black Americans have control over their own businesses, schools, and community organizations.

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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