A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Reopening Information for Visitors
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Visiting the Museum

Open Wednesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except December 25

The museum is closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday each week during the initial reopening phase.
 
Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are required.
Museum Address
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
Ph. 1-844-750-3012
How do I reserve timed-entry passes?
  • All visitors must have a timed-entry pass.  
  • A limited number of timed-entry passes are available. 
  • Visitors can reserve timed-entry passes up to 30 days in advance on a rolling basis at 8:00 a.m. EST daily.
  • Passes are no longer released three months in advance.
  • Same-day timed-entry passes are released at 8:15 a.m. EST daily.
  • Visitors can reserve up to six timed-entry passes. 
  • Timed-entry passes may not be sold or transferred.

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Museum News & Highlights

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Launches New "Searchable Museum" Digital Initiative

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) launched its newest digital initiative, the Searchable Museum.
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A Closer Look

The Weeping Time

This video focuses on the Domestic Slave Trade. Excerpts from bills of sale, broadsides, and wills tell a story of the valuation of people, forced migration, and profit.

 

This video focuses on the Domestic Slave Trade. Excerpts from bills of sale, broadsides, and wills tell a story of the valuation of people, forced migration, and profit. Additionally, quotes from formerly enslaved men and women documented as part of the Works Progress Administration’s Slave Narratives, help tell the story of separation and strength, love and loss.

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Learn More About The Searchable Museum

As part of the museum’s fifth anniversary, NMAAHC continues to engage audiences worldwide with online exhibitions, virtual symposia and digital programs. The Searchable Museum reaches beyond the walls of the museum to provide a rich digital experience that includes a multimedia presentation of NMAAHC’s historical narratives, collections and educational resources.
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Featured Exhibition

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Slavery and Freedom

Five hundred years ago, the emergence of the Transatlantic Slave Trade transformed Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The United States was created in this context, forged by slavery as well as a radical new concept, freedom.
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By marshalling the latest technology and harnessing the scholarly and educational experience of the museum’s teams, the Searchable Museum tells the complex story of our nation’s history in ways only the National Museum of African American History and Culture can.

Kevin Young Andrew W. Mellon Director, NMAAHC