A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Special Exhibition

Watching Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

Our new special exhibition uses the story of Oprah Winfrey and her phenomenally successful daytime television talk show as a lens through which to explore contemporary American history and culture. Opens June 8, 2018, Follow #WatchingOprah for more!

Press: Use the following links to view images of objects in the exhibition and photographs from Harpo Studios, exhibition b-roll, and our media kit.

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Celebrate Solstice Saturday!

Smithsonian Summer Solstice
A complete list of events and programming can be found at si.edu/solsticesaturday.

The Smithsonian will celebrate the first Saturday of summer— “Solstice Saturday”—with free parties, programs and performances June, 23. Enjoy the Museum and great Solstice Saturday events:

  • Dining: The Museum’s renowned Sweet Home Café will be opened for extended hours with tasty summer menu!
  • Music: Rex Carnegie and the House Band will perform Rock, Soul and Rhythm and Blues favorites highlighted in the Musical Crossroads exhibition, 7:30-8:30 PM
  • Shopping: Museum Store will be opened for extended hours.
  • Stargazing: Courtesy of the Astronomy Festival, 6-11 PM

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Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection.

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