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. To view the status of the Smithsonian’s other museums and Zoo, visit si.edu/museums.

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.

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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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Sports

Sports matter far beyond the playing fields. Though historically denied opportunities to compete at the highest levels, African American athletes have recorded impressive achievements and also utilized sports to fight for greater rights and freedoms.
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Featured Curator Chat

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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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Cheryl Miller #31 of the USC Trojans during a game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, 1984.
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Leveling the Playing Field: Women's Basketball

In the early 1900s many African American communities embraced women’s basketball. African Americans saw sports as a way to demonstrate character, discipline and excellence.
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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