A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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

Reopening Information for Visitors
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open to the public. As we begin a gradual, phased reopening for the museum, we’re putting safety first with enhanced measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m, except Dec. 25. Free timed-entry passes are required for entry. 

Juneteenth Celebration
01/03

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience

Juneteenth, our nation's second independence day, is a time to gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom. 
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Juneteenth Celebration
02/03

What is Juneteenth?

Museum experts examine the historical significance of the holiday and how it came to be.
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Juneteenth Celebration
03/03

Why is Juneteenth Important?

Explore the significance of the Juneteenth holiday and the role it plays in our nation and abroad.
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Collection Story

Emancipation and Educating the Newly Freed

For the nearly four million newly freed, education was a crucial first step to becoming self-sufficient. Between 1861 and 1900, more than 90 institutions of higher education were founded for African Americans.
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Explore the Collection

Discover new signature objects from the museum's collection

Handkerchief owned by Harriet Tubman, 1870s - early 20th century

Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s

Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s

Gift of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Library of Congress
Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013

Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013

Gift of Walt Disney Television
White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

Gift of Walt Disney Television
Straw hat owned by Rosa Parks, 1960s-1980s
Ivory coat worn by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” 2013
White hat used on the show "Scandal", 2013

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