The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open to the public. As we begin a gradual, phased reopening for the Museum, we’re putting safety first with new measures in place to protect everyone’s health.
Please review important visitor information as you plan your visit. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are required.
A five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is proud to recognize the generosity of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation as a Founding Donor, a distinction indicating a commitment of $1 million or more to the Museum prior to its opening in 2016.
We are also proud to house Bryant’s uniform from the 2008 NBA Finals, the year he was named the league MVP, which he donated to the Museum after visiting in 2016. This jersey is now on display in the basketball room of the "Sports: Leveling the Playing Field” gallery.
For a generation of people, Kobe Bryant was symbolic of excellence and it was an excellence that transcended the world of sports.Damion Thomas Sports Curator
A Closer Look
Watch the installation of basketball icon Kobe Bryant’s basketball jersey in the “Sports: Leveling the Playing Field" gallery.
Explore the Collection
The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870
Radical Members of the South Carolina Legislature, 1868
Cabinet card portrait of Thomas Mundy Peterson, 1884
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