A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story

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Special Exhibition

Watching Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

Our new special exhibition uses the story of Oprah Winfrey and her phenomenally successful daytime television talk show as a lens through which to explore contemporary American history and culture. Opens June 8, 2018, Follow #WatchingOprah for more!

Press: Use the following links to view images of objects in the exhibition and photographs from Harpo Studios, exhibition b-roll, and our media kit.

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Center for the Study of African American Religious Life

gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials and Faith Conversation

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in association with the Pew Research Center, is launching a national series of panel discussions exploring how and why African Americans in their 20s and 30s are creating new ways to engage with religion and spirituality.

The pilot for gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials and Faith Conversation will be presented in Los Angeles in partnership with the California African American Museum Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PDT.

Share your questions with us in advance and join us live on Friday! 

Musical Crossroads The Queen of Soul: An Appreciation

The National Museum of African American History and Culture mourns the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice, one of the most captivating sounds of the twentieth and twenty-first century, was unrivaled and changed the landscape of American music.

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The Struggle for Freedom and Justice

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