We believe education is a key component to personal and societal betterment.

The Teaching and Learning Unit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture creates programs and resources for students in grades 3-12 (ages 8-18) designed to encourage multiple perspective-taking and  build critical thinking skills. Our initiatives encourage students to explore, question, and create history in order to develop self-pride and inspire life-long learning.

Students and a curator interacting in the galleries.

Students exploring the Slavery and Freedom exhibition through a curator-led tour.

The NMAAHC does not currently offer in-gallery or virtual guided tours for school groups. Find out more about visiting the museum with your student(s) or school group.

Featured Programming and Resources

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Discover the North Star!

Take a journey to the North Star, where students and educators can explore stories and objects that illuminate the African American experience.
Start Here! about Discover the North Star!
This the front cover of the student in-gallery activity. It features the title, images of the four Community galleries, and a space for students to put their name and date.

My NMAAHC Journal

This is an activity for students to explore the Community or Culture galleries. Students can choose objects and stories that interest them to help them think like a historian.
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This is the front cover of the Moving Through History activity. It features the title, description of the activity, and indicates that this is resource for those who engage in moderate exercise and exercise consistently. The topic is the African American experience at the Olympics.

Moving Through History

Moving Through History is created for students to engage in learning history through exercise and movement. These resources combine exercise and examining objects and narratives primarily from the NMAAHC galleries and collections. These resources engage students and educators at various fitness levels.
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This is an image of Kizzmekia Corbett who works at the National Institute of Health.

Through the Window Interview: Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD

Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. Students will peer into the ‘windows’ of the speakers’ lives, learn from their lived experiences as STEM professionals, and find parts of their culture and lifestyle ‘mirrored’ in the speakers’ lessons of their youth and greatest challenges and accomplishments.
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Programming

Explore the in-gallery and digital programming for students.

Museum and Digital Resources

Explore the in-gallery and digital resources for students.

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A group of students participating in the Young Historians Institute program in 2019

A group of students that participated in the Young Historians Institute, 2019.

Students participating in the Power of the Written Word program in 2019.

Students that participated in the Power of the Written Word, 2019.

TWLI participants, 2014

TWLI participants, 2014.

Facilitators read and discuss with participants during a program in 2014

Facilitators read and discuss with participants, 2014.

Students visiting the NMAAHC for STEM workshop  in 2018

Students visit NMAAHC for STEM workshop, 2018.

NMAAHC staff work with students in STEM Workshop in 2018

Staff works with students in STEM Workshop, 2018.

Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration in 2014.

Students participate in a team building activity which uses Jenga pieces to encourage collaboration, 2014.

Students participate in National History Day at NMAAHC morning program in 2017

Students participate in National History Day at NMAAHC morning program, 2017.

Students stand on a circle to participate in a listening exercise

"The Wright Family" listening exercise, 2015.

Students enjoying a laugh during a workshop in 2018.

Students enjoy a laugh during a workshop, 2018.

Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard, 2014

Group discussion in the D.W. Reynolds Center courtyard, 2014.

Students stand in front of the Changing America NMAAHC exhibition

TWLI participants visited the NMAAHC gallery, 2013.

Students visit museum galleries during National History Day contest, 2017.

Students visit galleries during National History Day contest, 2017.

Students visiting museum galleries during Young Historians Institute, 2019.

Students visit galleries during Young Historians Institute, 2019.

Students gather to take a group selfie photo, 2015

Students gather to take a group selfie photo, 2015.

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