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 Monday, November 23. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media. 

In the meantime, we invite you to explore our virtual exhibitions, and online collections. Please visit our calendar of events for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding.

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NMAAHC Digital Resource Guide

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

The entrance to the Sports exhibition featuring statues of John Carlos and Tommie Smith with their fists raised at the 1968 Olympics.
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Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

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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Curator Chats Series

Sports Curator Damion Thomas dives into the significance of African American athletes both on and off the playing field.

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection in honor of Hank Aaron
Atlanta Braves "away" or "road" jersey worn by Hank Aaron during the 1968 or 1969 MLB season

Jersey for the Atlanta Braves worn and autographed by Hank Aaron, 1968-1969

Atlanta Braves "away" or "road" jersey worn by Hank Aaron during the 1968 or 1969 MLB season
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Hank Aaron's autograph in lower portion of jersey's front

Jersey for the Atlanta Braves worn and autographed by Hank Aaron, 1968-1969

Hank Aaron's autograph in lower portion of jersey's front
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Baseball card for Hank Aaron in his rookie year, 1954

Baseball card for Hank Aaron in his rookie year, 1954

Baseball card with a reproduction of Aaron's signature across the bottom right
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Baseball card for Hank Aaron in his rookie year, 1954

Reverse side of baseball card featuring a biography, statistics and a two panel comic strip featuring Aaron
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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

Upcoming Events

Artists at Home: School Outreach

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 10:00am to 11:00am

Artists at Home: School Outreach

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Artists at Home: School Outreach

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 10:00am to 11:00am