A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

Welcome to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Visiting the Museum

Through the African American Lens

The museum’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality. 

Slavery and Freedom

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