A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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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 beginning at 10am. Timed entry passes are only required on weekends and for groups of 10 or more. Learn More!

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Featured Exhibition

Community

Power of Place

African American communities have formed in all corners of the country and influenced the regions around them. Their stories reflect the resiliency of African Americans in making places for themselves and overcoming the challenges they faced.
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Museum News and Highlights

Susan Rice book cover for Tough Love
01/03

Tough Love: Conversation Between Susan Rice And Lonnie G. Bunch III

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 Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
02/03

Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman and Civil Right Icon John Conyers Jr.

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03/03

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III Embarks on National Book Tour

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Five Things 5 Things To Know: HBCU Edition

Historically black colleges and universities––commonly called “HBCUs”––are defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as, “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans,…"

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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