A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Cinema. History. Culture.

African American Film Festival

Join us this October 24th-27th to celebrate the icons, trailblazers, and history makers creating, cultivating, and fostering African American culture through the medium of film at the first ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival. Purchase your Film Festival passes and tickets today!

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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. 

The History of African American Stereotypes

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