A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Special Exhibition

Watching Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

Our new special exhibition uses the story of Oprah Winfrey and her phenomenally successful daytime television talk show as a lens through which to explore contemporary American history and culture. Opens June 8, 2018, Follow #WatchingOprah for more!

Press: Use the following links to view images of objects in the exhibition and photographs from Harpo Studios, exhibition b-roll, and our media kit.

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From Sit-Ins to Wade-Ins

From lunch counters to bus boycotts, the African American fight for integration and equality touched every aspect of life. What you may not be familiar with is the Civil Rights struggle to integrate America’s pools and beaches.

Journey with us as we explore the struggle for summer leisure, and the bravery that secured your right to a day in the sand. Video from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Narrated by Sterling K. Brown.

Explore all the videos in our #APeoplesJourney YouTube series!


Celebrate Summer!

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