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Visiting the Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open to the public. As we gradually reopen the museum, we’re putting safety first with enhanced measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, volunteers and staff. Free timed-entry passes are required for entry.

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Plan Your Visit

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.

Beginning Friday, December 31, the North Entry, All Second Floor spaces, and Taking the Stage (L4) will be closed.

Museum News & Highlights

screenshot of the searchable museum homepage

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

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.

An animation demonstrating the interactivity available on the Searchable Museum

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

The Paradox of Liberty section of Slavery and Freedom featuring bronze statues of famous figures at the founding of America.

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 NMAAHC can. KEVIN YOUNG Andrew W. Mellon Director, NMAAHC