A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Group passes for August - December 2019
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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 after 1pm. Timed entry passes are required every Saturday and Sunday and for groups of 10 or more. Learn More!

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Museum News and Highlights

01/03

Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III Statement on the Passing of Phil Freelon, Lead Architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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02/03

Dr. Spencer Crew Begins as Interim Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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03/03

Pages in the Emily Howland Album will be turned periodically starting June 21

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Remembering the Chicago Defender, Print Edition (1905 - 2019)

In the first half of the 20th century, the Chicago Defender newspaper helped draw tens of thousands of African Americans to Chicago and make the city their home. It spurred, shaped, and gave voice to the Great Migration of black Southerners to the urban North. It also created a sense of place and an important lens into Chicago life.

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Nat Turner's Bible

Nat Turner's Bible

Nat Turner believed he was called by God to deliver his people from slavery and he used preaching to convince enslaved people to join his revolt. On August 21, 1831, Turner and his followers began their rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia.
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Dr. J's Shoes

Sneakers Worn By Dr. J

Sneakers worn by Julius "Dr. J" Erving and inscribed to Doc Stanley.
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

A photograph of Kappa Alpha Psi members.
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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