A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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

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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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Museum News and Highlights

Banner with motto of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs
01/03

Smithsonian Open Access

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Katherine Johnson, Hampton, Virginia 2016
02/03

Statement on the Passing of Influential NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

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Finding my Voice, Valerie Jarrett
03/03

Historically Speaking: Finding My Voice -- A Conversation Between Valerie Jarrett And Lonnie G. Bunch

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Featured Exhibition

We Return Fighting

We Return Fighting is a 4,200 sq. ft. temporary exhibition opening at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on December 13, 2019.
EXPLORE EXHIBITION
The Black Panther Party: Challenging Police and Promoting Social Change

Founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense was the era’s most influential militant black power organization. Its members confronted politicians, challenged the police, and protected black citizens from brutality. The party’s community service programs - called “survival programs” - provided food, clothing, and transportation. Rather than integrating American society, members wanted to fundamentally change it. For them, black power was a global revolution.

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Los Angeles Lakers uniform worn in NBA Finals by Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers uniform worn in NBA Finals by Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant, N.Y.C. 2002

Kobe Bryant, N.Y.C. 2002

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Pinback button featuring Martin Luther King Jr.

Pinback button featuring Martin Luther King Jr.

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Placard from memorial march reading

Placard from memorial march reading "HONOR KING: END RACISM!"

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Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

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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