A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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All Advance Timed Entry Passes for February 2019 have been distributed.

You can still visit the museum, using same-day online and walk-up passes.

Advance Timed Passes are released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next release of passes will take place on Wednesday, December 5th for the month of March 2019.

Thank you for your interest in visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Visiting the Museum

You Should Know African American Culinary Chefs You Should Know

Before the 1970s, Aunt Jemima’s pancake box carried the stereotypical image of a black cook, illustrating how the American food industry undervalued southern cooks and cooking. Today, a new wave of African American chefs safeguards southern foodways. As they reintroduce recipes in the nation’s top kitchens, they humanize how the public sees black chefs.

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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. 

African American Culinary Traditions

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