A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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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.

All public events, programming and gatherings are canceled. Please visit our calendar of events for the latest updates. Our visitor passes page has updated information about individual and group passes.  We appreciate your understanding.

Engage with the Museum Online

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NMAAHC Digital Resources Guide

Explore, learn and engage with the National Museum of African American History and Culture through our numerous digital resources.
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Talking About Race

Talking About Race
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Talking About Race

Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
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Featured Exhibition

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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The Curator Chats Series

The Curator Chats are video portraits of NMAAHC curators providing insight and anecdotal information about their exhibitions and upcoming projects.
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Michelle and Barack Obama bump fists
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Gestures of Solidarity in African American Culture

Michelle and Barack Obama bump fists, a gesture of solidarity, before he accepted the Democratic nomination for president at the Xcel Energy Center June 3 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Dashiki owned by Margaret Louise Lynch Belcher late 20th century

Dashiki owned by Margaret Louise Lynch Belcher late 20th century

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Colander used by Chef Joseph Randall

Colander used by Chef Joseph Randall

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Chef jacket worn by Leah Chase

Chef jacket worn by Leah Chase

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Red, yellow, blue, and white Madras headdress

Red, yellow, blue, and white Madras headdress

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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