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

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 beginning at 10am. Timed entry passes are only required on weekends and for groups of 10 or more. Learn More!

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Featured Exhibition

Special Exhibition

Now Showing

On November 22, 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) opens Now Showing: Posters from African American Movies, a new temporary exhibition exploring the art of movie posters, specifically examining films by black filmmakers or works featuring black performers.
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Museum News and Highlights

Portrait of Alvin Ailey with Judith Jamison, Linda Kent, and Dudley Williams in dance studio, 1973
01/03

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection Is Now Available to the Public

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02/03

Cinema + Conversation: Burning Cane

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03/03

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History In The Old South With Michael Twitty

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Explore the Collection

Discover signature objects from the Museum's collection
Black Shame coin, 1920

Black Shame coin, 1920

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Nénette and Rintintin Dolls, 1914-17

Nénette and Rintintin Dolls, 1914-17

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Prosthesis for forearm, date unknown

Prosthesis for forearm, date unknown

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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