A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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

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The American Story Through the African American Lens

From Harriet Tubman to Black Lives Matter, journey with us as we celebrate American history through the African American lens.
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Help Make #HipHopHistory

Kickstart the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap

Support our Kickstarter campaign to create a landmark box set collection of music, stunning visuals and powerful stories capturing 40 years of hip-hop, collected in a 300-page book and 9 CDs.

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection as we celebrate #HipHopHistory in October.

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