Grand Opening Publications

In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum has partnered with Smithsonian Books to release three beautiful publications celebrating African American life, art, history, and culture. The first is a large format book covering the breadth of African American history and culture. The second explores the history of the museum and the architecture of the new building. The third is a souvenir book highlighting many of the extraordinary objects in the Museum’s collection. These publications are the perfect gifts and keepsakes for anyone visiting the Museum in person or for those who would like to experience the Museum from afar.

Cover of NMAAHC Guidebook, featuring a daytime shot of the building from the Northwest corner.

Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Amercan History and Culture

Author(s):  Kathleen M. Kendrick
Year:  2017

This fully illustrated guide to the Smithsonian's newest museum takes visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations, and achievements have shaped the nation. Opened in September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture welcomes all visitors who seek to understand, remember, and celebrate this history. The guidebook provides a comprehensive tour of the museum, including its magnificent building and grounds and eleven permanent exhibition galleries dedicated to themes of history, community, and culture. Highlights from the museum's collection of artifacts and works of art are presented in full-color photographs, accompanied by evocative stories and voices that illuminate the American experience through the African American lens.

Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America

Dream a World Anew

Editor(s):  Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Year:  2016

This stunning gift book accompanies the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It combines informative narratives from leading scholars, curators, and authors with objects from the museum's collection to present a thorough exploration of African American history and culture. Abundant photographs, sidebars, quotations, poems, and profiles of trailblazers and visionaries round out this rich and engrossing narrative. Dream a World Anew offers the opportunity to explore and revel in African American history and culture, as well as the chance to see how central African American history is for all Americans.

Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Begin with the Past

Author(s):  Mabel O. Wilson
Year:  2016

This book explores how this unparalleled museum found its place in the nation’s collective memory and on its public commons. Mabel O. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This is an important inside look at the making of a monument.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Souvenir Book

Author(s):  National Museum of African American History and Culture
Year:  2016

This beautifully illustrated keepsake showcases the extraordinary treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collections. Together the objects illustrate the rich complexity of the African American experience. Numerous objects are accompanied by captions explaining their significance and role in our nation’s history. This book, like the museum it represents, uses artifacts of African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American.