Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free, interactive platform for learners and educators. Users can explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history through millions of authentic, digital resources, create content with online tools, and share in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is excited to share resources that tell American history through the African American lens! Our Learning Lab collections utilize objects, documents, imagery, and videos to enhance content knowledge, hone historical thinking skills, and inspire users to see themselves as agents of change.

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Explore some of the topics covered by the NMAAHC's Learning Labs.

Historical Inquiry

How does history impact our daily lives​?

Studying history can empower people to better understand themselves, their communities, and the world. Our resources allow students and educators to engage with diverse narratives of history and practice historical thinking skills that allow them to explore, question, and create history as they become change agents in their own worlds. 

Artistic Interpretation

When was the last time you saw a piece of art that moved you? 

At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we believe that art engages in a conversation with history while acting as a visual expression of contemporary thoughts and ideas. Through close reading of art works and contextual analysis, our arts resources seek to explore the links between history and art while celebrating the contribution of African Americans to the American art canon.

STEM Ingenuity

How many African American scientists or engineers can you name?

Educators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture are working to put a new face on STEM education. African Americans have contributed to STEM enterprises since the nation’s beginning, yet their names and contributions have been routinely overlooked. The NMAAHC’s STEM Education initiative highlights stories of challenge and triumph while exploring the principles, practices, and societal impacts behind the amazing achievements of African Americans to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Dr. George Washington Carver Learning Lab

Explore the story of Dr. George Washington Carver with a step-by-step experiment in germination and plant growth.

Press Play on History Learning Lab

This interactive collection encourages the use of historical thinking skills to build a playlist based on museum objects.

Area Artists Learning Lab

A closer look at three different artists with ties to Washington D.C. and their approaches to art making.

The story of Onesimus Learning Lab

Explore the story of Onesimus, an enslaved African who helped combat the smallpox outbreak of 1721 in Boston.

Everyday Essential Workers Learning Lab

An homage to African Americans performing essential duties throughout history.

NMAAHC Visual Arts Learning Lab

A guided hands-on art project and exploration of landscape painting through the work of Grafton Tyler Brown.

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