Explore, learn, and engage with the National Museum of African American History and Culture through our numerous digital resources.

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Digital Learning

North Star

Take a journey to the North Star, where students and educators can explore stories and objects that illuminate the African American experience.

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Searchable Museum

The Searchable Museum reaches beyond National Museum of African American History and Culture's walls to provide a rich digital experience at your finger tips. Engage with exhibitions and take a digital deep dive into African American history and culture with 3D models, videos and audio podcasts, and cutting edge technologies.

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The Journey of the Slave Ship São José

Explore the global history of the slave ship São José and the work of the Slave Wrecks Project in its recovery in a series of StoryMaps.

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Talking About Race Web Portal

Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.

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Joyful ABC Activity Booklets

Support children’s positive identity development while also growing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects and new words.

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Online Exhibitions and Museum Centers

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Explore permanent exhibitions on view at the Museum along with past special exhibitions, and digital only experiences.
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Museum Centers

Museum Centers are an innovative approach to community outreach and engagement, providing opportunities to expand on topics beyond the Museum's permanent exhibitions.
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Many Lenses

Many Lenses is a way of seeing Smithsonian collections through the eyes of museum staff who collect, preserve, interpret, and display these objects for the public.
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Digital Initiatives and Publications

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The Curator Chats Series

The Curator Chats are video portraits of NMAAHC curators providing insight and anecdotal information about their exhibitions and upcoming projects.
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These initiatives presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture are projects developed by our curators and educators to provide a closer look into key topics pertaining to African American history and culture.
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NMAAHC Open Access

Smithsonian Open Access invites you to discover a world where you can learn, research, explore, and create in ways you couldn’t before.
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A comprehensive list of books authored by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Video Archives

Since our museum opened in 2016, we have hosted many memorable events that were educational, uplifting and entertaining. Take a look back at our past events and re-live those unforgettable moments.
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Journey through the lens of the African American experience.

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Stories from NMAAHC

Stay up to date through our stories.

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Featured Object

James Baldwin, Istanbul 1964

James Baldwin, Istanbul 1964

Photograph from his time in Istanbul, Turkey.

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