Visitor Voices of NMAAHC
We opened our doors to the world on September 24th, 2016 after more than a century in the making. We launched our Visitor Voices Project to hear from you, share your stories and capture memorable moments from your museum visit.
Victor P., Washington, D.C. ( L ): “I think…it’s just educational, you know? To learn about your history––learning your history gives you a sense of value. I think in this country we have not had the opportunity to have this type of information readily available like this, so it’s just a great thing to be in the building.”
Murphy P., Silver Spring, Maryland ( R ): “It has broadened my outlook about African American history in the United States. I thought that I was up on a lot of these ideas but I find out that I was not, so I will be coming back here.”
Azeez O., New Jersey: “Um, wow, (pause) I can’t even put it into a lot of really big words. I mean it’s just amazing just to see the fact that so many African Americans––the impact that we had on this country it…it’s mind-blowing. I had an idea of it before but to actually see it, and see the displays and representation of African American culture is just…it’s like––I can’t even put it into words…”
Charles N., Evanston, Illinois: “There’s so much to this museum––a combination of being black, being an American, and experiencing the American and the Black American experience, and having it all constituted in this place together like this. I’ve seen much of this in different spots because I’m a book reader––in fact, I spent a lot of time right there in the Tulsa area [Riot and Resilience in Tulsa, Oklahoma] because I’m reading a book about the 1921 riots. It just means––It’s really nice to see everything pulled together…as you go through and see everything––it’s not so much that we deserve this, we are due this…”
Daesha S., Washington, D.C. by way of Florida: “I’m glad that they’ve finally got it open, because I know they’ve been working on it for awhile––and the fact that they opened it now that we have a black president is amazing…I think it’s great that we have our own place, instead of just being a small section of other museums. Because I have been to the other ones and it’s nice that they mention us, but to have one that is specifically dedicated to African Americans is important.”