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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the National Museum of African American History and Culture will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a regular and as needed basis.

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NMAAHC Celebrates Women's History Month

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Seeing Black Women in Power

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The Diaspora Lens

Celia Cruz

Afro-Cuban songstress Celia Cruz was one of the few women to succeed in the male-dominated world of Salsa music. She was well known for her colorful costumes and accessories. Her flamboyant attire was matched by her rich, powerful voice and vibrant personality which enthralled audiences everywhere. Known as the “Queen of Salsa,” she was one of the most influential salsa artists of the 20th century. #HiddenHerstory #DiasporaLens

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Culture

Cultural Expressions

Culture shapes lives. It’s in the food people eat, the languages they speak, the art they create, and many other ways they express themselves. These traditions reflect the history and creative spirit of African American and other cultures of the African diaspora.
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Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Badge from Madam C.J. Walker convention

Badge from Madam C.J. Walker convention

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Tin for Madame Walker Glossine and Pressing Oil

Tin for Madame Walker Glossine and Pressing Oil

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Tin for Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower

Tin for Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower

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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