All About the Museum Opening

To help you prepare, we have provided answers below to the most frequently asked questions about our grand opening in September.

What are the Grand Opening Weekend Events?

Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration
Washington Monument Grounds
Friday, September 23, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Beginning Friday, September 23, 2016, on the Washington Monument grounds, the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration. Conceived and presented in festival fashion, Freedom Sounds programming will include musical performances, spoken word, oral history activities and evening concerts. A drum circle, storytelling, and interactive workshops provide opportunities for families and large groups of the public to explore and celebrate the museum’s rich content and stories. This three-day music festival presents artists who represent the numerous cultural threads encompassing our shared African diasporic histories and traditions. Two tented stages will offer local, national and international performers, contributing to NMAAHC’s Grand Opening Weekend. The Freedom Sounds festival continues on Saturday and closes the Grand Opening Weekend on Sunday evening, September 25, 2016. Designed to accommodate the crowds anticipated; the festival is free and open to the public.

Dedication Ceremony
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Saturday, September 24, 2016,
8:00 am Gathering and Musical Prelude
10:00 am Dedication Ceremony Begins

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the public witnesses the outdoor Dedication Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the afternoon, the museum officially opens to the public. Tickets are not required for the public to view the outdoor Dedication Ceremony. Extensive large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony.

Museum Opens to the Public
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:00am – 10:00pm

The Museum officially opens to the public at 1pm, following the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The museum will keep its doors open for extended hours Sunday, September 25, from 10 am to 10pm.

Where is the museum located?

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, between Madison and Constitution Avenues and 14th and 15th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. There are two entrances to the Museum: one on Madison Avenue and another on Constitution Avenue.

How do I get there?

Please visit http://www.si.edu/Visit/Maps for directions to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington Monument and National Mall.

What are admissions or entrance costs for the museum and festival during Grand Opening Weekend?

Entry to all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. is free. Thousands of visitors are attending the Grand Opening celebration of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, as well as the Freedom Sounds festival, are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required for admission to the museum or the festival. Tickets also are not necessary for the public viewing of the Dedication Ceremony.

Are Timed Passes available to enter the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

Yes, Timed Passes will be available. To facilitate entry and for the convenience of visitors, the museum is offering a Timed Pass option available soon on the NMAAHC website and via a Call Center. The museum hopes to alleviate extended wait times for the public through use of hourly timed passes. The passes have a one-hour time range, within which you may enter the museum. There are two timed pass options: 1) passes will be available online and by telephone in advance or 2) can be obtained at the museum on the day of your visit.

Option One – Passes will be available online and by telephone prior to your visit.
Online and By Telephone: The museum will distribute in advance, Timed Passes online and via a Call Center. If you obtain a Timed Pass online, please remember to print it and bring it with you to the museum. Hourly Timed Passes obtained through the Call Center are mailed to visitors; remember to bring them with you to the museum. These are the same hourly Timed Passes that will be distributed at the museum in person each day.

Option Two – Timed Passes will be available at the museum on the day of your visit.
In Person at NMAAHC: Passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Visitor Services staff and volunteers on the day of your visit. While Timed Passes will be available online and by telephone, a number of Timed Passes will be available in person at the museum.

Special Consideration: With identification, members of the armed forces (including veterans and retirees), law enforcement and firefighting personnel, and federal government employees may obtain complimentary passes for themselves and their families in person on the day of their visit.

Is the museum partnering with any third party organization for Grand Opening weekend to provide packaged tours including tickets, transportation, and hotel?

No. There are currently no authorized agents, organizations or companies permitted to sell tour packages on the museum’s behalf. All of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC are free to the public, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Beware of offers, websites, and other unauthorized information.

Thousands of visitors are attending the Grand Opening celebration. The museum, as well as the Freedom Sounds festival, are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required for admission to the museum or the festival. Tickets also are not necessary for the Dedication Ceremony. Extensive outdoor large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony.

How do I contact the museum with questions?

For information about Grand Opening, call the toll-free number 1-844-750-3012.

Is there public transportation available?

Please consult the following resources for information on public transportation in the Washington DC Metropolitan area:
Washington DC Official Visitors Guide
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Trip Planner (WMATA)
http://www.si.edu/Visit/Maps

Is parking available for cars and buses?

There are no Smithsonian Institution public parking facilities on the National Mall. A few nearby commercial lots and garages may have available parking. For additional information visit http://www.si.edu/Visit/Maps.
For additional information on bus parking, contact the National Park Service Mall Operations Office at 202-426-6841.

How can I find out about local traffic and road closures?

Check local traffic and road closures for September 23-25 at DC Traffic Advisory: http://ddot.dc.gov/newsroom.

Is there a drop-off location at the museum entrance for persons who are disabled?

All areas around the museum will be restricted to vehicular access on the morning of September 24, 2016. If you need to drop someone off as close to the ceremony as possible, please follow the directions of the police or security. The museum is pursuing resolution of this important issue and will provide more details as they become available.

How do I prepare for weather conditions?

Grand Opening celebrations proceed rain or shine. Please give consideration to the possibility of inclement weather while attending the dedication and festival on Grand Opening Weekend. Check local forecasts before traveling. If you are within the museum security perimeter during the Dedication Ceremony on the morning of Saturday, September 24, be aware that in the event of rain, umbrellas are not permitted. Bring ponchos or raincoats. If planning to attend the Freedom Sounds festival only, or visit the museum building after its public opening, umbrellas are permitted.

What are the Grand Opening Weekend Events?

Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration
Washington Monument Grounds
Friday, September 23, 2016, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Beginning Friday, September 23, 2016, on the Washington Monument grounds, the National Museum of African American History and Culture presents Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration. Conceived and presented in festival fashion, Freedom Sounds programming will include musical performances, spoken word, oral history activities and evening concerts. A drum circle, storytelling, and interactive workshops provide opportunities for families and large groups of the public to explore and celebrate the museum’s rich content and stories. This three-day music festival presents artists who represent the numerous cultural threads encompassing our shared African diasporic histories and traditions. Two tented stages will offer local, national and international performers, contributing to NMAAHC’s Grand Opening Weekend. The Freedom Sounds festival continues on Saturday and closes the Grand Opening Weekend on Sunday evening, September 25, 2016. Designed to accommodate the crowds anticipated; the festival is free and open to the public.

Dedication Ceremony
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Saturday, September 24, 2016,
8:00 am Gathering and Musical Prelude
10:00 am Dedication Ceremony Begins

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the public witnesses the outdoor Dedication Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the afternoon, the museum officially opens to the public. Tickets are not required for the public to view the outdoor Dedication Ceremony. Extensive large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony.

Museum Opens to the Public
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:00am – 10:00pm

The Museum officially opens to the public at 1pm, following the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The museum will keep its doors open for extended hours Sunday, September 25, from 10 am to 10pm.

If I am unable to attend the Grand Opening Celebration in Washington, DC, how can I be a part of this historic moment?

Across the country and around the world, watch parties and other signature events are being organized by local museums, individuals or corporations as co-celebrants with the NMAAHC Grand Opening. Your organization can join us as a co-celebrant during this special and historic moment as part of the NMAAHC Grand Opening celebration family. You can decide the level of participation that is right for you and your institution and focus on the seminal stories of the nation as well as ones that are specific and singular to your institution. Opportunities for engagement and co-celebration activities include the following:

  • Watch Party: Host and organize a group to watch the museum dedication live from your site
  • Signature Event: Present a program, exhibit or other event co-branded with NMAAHC
  • Social Media Campaign:    Post messages of support on your website or other social media outlets.

Coming Soon! A Grand Opening Event Planning Guide is now in production for download from the museum’s website. It includes detailed information and resources to help you create a unique celebration in your community.

Are tickets available for NMAAHC Grand Opening Events?

Thousands of visitors are attending the Grand Opening celebration. The museum, as well as the Freedom Sounds festival, are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required for admission to the museum or the festival. Tickets also are not necessary for the Dedication Ceremony. Extensive outdoor large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony.

Beware of offers, websites, and other unauthorized information. Please check the museum’s website www.NMAAHC.si.edu for official information.

May I attend the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday morning?

Yes. Public viewing areas are available during the outdoor Dedication Ceremony on Saturday morning. You are welcome to view the ceremony in designated spaces at the perimeter of the museum building. The museum is working to maximize public outdoor large-screen viewing areas for the thousands of visitors on this historic occasion.

What is the admission fee for the Museum?

Entry to all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. is free. Tickets are not required for admission to the museum. However, for our visitor’s convenience, we are offering a timed access option available soon on our website and via our Call Center.

Timed Passes

To facilitate entry and for the convenience of visitors, the museum is offering a Timed Pass option available soon on the NMAAHC website and via a Call Center. The museum hopes to alleviate extended wait times for the public through use of hourly timed passes. The passes have a one-hour time range, within which you may enter the museum. There are two timed pass options: 1) passes will be available online and by telephone in advance or 2) can be obtained at the museum on the day of your visit.

Option One – Passes will be available online and by telephone prior to your visit.
Online and By Telephone: The museum will distribute in advance, Timed Passes online and via a Call Center. If you obtain a Timed Pass online, please remember to print it and bring it with you to the museum. Hourly Timed Passes obtained through the Call Center are mailed to visitors; remember to bring them with you to the museum. These are the same hourly Timed Passes that will be distributed at the museum in person each day.

Option Two – Timed Passes will be available at the museum on the day of your visit.
In Person at NMAAHC: Passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Visitor Services staff and volunteers on the day of your visit. While Timed Passes will be available online and by telephone, a number of Timed Passes will be available in person at the museum.

Special Consideration: With identification, members of the armed forces (including veterans and retirees), law enforcement and firefighting personnel, and federal government employees may obtain complimentary passes for themselves and their families in person on the day of their visit.

Will the Dedication Ceremony be live streamed?

Yes. On the morning of September 24, the Dedication Ceremony is available for viewing at nmaahc.si.edu.

Is food available to purchase?

Food vendors for the Freedom Sounds festival are located on the grounds. And, once the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Saturday afternoon, September 24, the museum’s café seats 399 people and features a rotating menu of seasonal offerings served at four stations and includes family-friendly options. The stations are organized to showcase traditional African American cuisine from the following US regions: the Northern States, the Agricultural South, the Creole Coast, and the Western Range.

Visitors are not allowed to bring food into the museum and coolers are also not permitted in the museum or on the grounds.

Does the museum have a store to purchase souvenirs?

Yes, there is a museum store located on the Entry Level offering a wide selection of items reflecting the experience, architecture, and collections of the museum. Offerings are selected to encourage visitors to continue their exploration of African American history and culture beyond museum visits.

What will security be like during the Grand Opening Celebration?

Large crowds are expected for the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Major events in Washington, DC require a high level of security for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Security screenings occur at entrances to some viewing areas for the Dedication Ceremony and are always required to enter the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Large numbers of visitors are sure to extend the time needed for security screenings. If possible, do not bring large day-packs, backpacks, or luggage to the museum or its events, as they will be subject to a lengthy search.

How accessible are the Grand Opening events?

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accessible entrances are on Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue, NW.

The Freedom Sounds festival will be ADA compliant. The Washington Monument grounds, where the festival performances and activities are located, are ADA compliant. However, uneven terrain consisting of hills, sidewalks, gravel, grass and other surfaces must be negotiated. The Washington Monument grounds extend for multiple city blocks. Please prepare to cover long distances on unpaved surfaces. We recommend comfortable walking shoes.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Smithsonian Accessibility for Visitors with Disabilities: https://www.si.edu/Accessibility/VisitorsWithDisabilities.

Will there be restrooms available on the Washington Monument grounds?

Yes, portable restrooms will be available on the Freedom Sounds festival grounds. Restrooms are also available at other Smithsonian museums on the mall.

Can I take photos and videos at the Freedom Sounds festival or Dedication Ceremony?

Yes. Any prohibitions on photography at individual festival performances will be announced from the stage.

The Smithsonian permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions. For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. Working members of the media who need to use a tripod or monopod must obtain permission from the museum’s Office of Public Affairs and must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building.

Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Smithsonian for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on the Smithsonian’s and other public websites.

May I perform for the Grand Opening?

Thank you for your interest in performing at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Grand Opening Weekend celebration. The NMAAHC fully supports your creative endeavors however, we are not seeking additional programming at this time. Preparation for the Grand Opening is in the final stages with an extensive list of local, national and international performers representing the breadth of African diasporic cultural traditions.

Can I sell merchandise during the Grand Opening?

We appreciate your interest. However, vendors for Grand Opening events are selected. Please note security is heightened during this time. No outside vendors are allowed on the museum grounds. The National Park Service has authority over vendor permits which are required on the grounds surrounding the museum.

How can I participate as a vendor in the Museum Store?

Thank you for taking an interest in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) Museum Store as a vendor, artisan, or supplier. The Museum Store presents crafts, publications, recordings, and other merchandise that illustrate the richness and diversity of the African American experience.

If you are interested in submitting your craft or product for possible sale, please read the instructions provided in the Vendor Proposal form and submit a completed application. Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to individual proposals. http://nmaahc.si.edu/GetInvolved/storevendors

Can I plan a tour or receive advice about what to see at the museum?

Volunteer Visitor Services Representatives and Docents are available to provide advice and to help navigate the 12 galleries, the Museum Store, café and all of the various opportunities and services that are part of the museum experience.

Mobile device tours offer detailed stories about exhibitions and collections and also include four different options: gallery, family, building, and outdoor as well as an enhanced audio tour for blind visitors. These digital tours are available in English, French and Spanish. A Grand Opening Event App will be available to download from the museum’s website or to request during your visit.

Printed brochures and loaner mobile devices are available at the museum’s Welcome Desk at the time of your visit. Join Gallery Talks led by trained museum volunteers. Specific times for Gallery Talks are posted in the museum.

How long will it take to tour the museum?

Please be prepared for large crowds and extended wait times as you enter the museum during Grand Opening Weekend. It is difficult to say how much time it would take to visit any of the Smithsonian museums. So much depends on the age and interests of those in your group. The museum is 400,000 square feet. There are 85,000 square feet of exhibition space, nearly 3000 objects, 12 exhibitions, 13 different interactives with 17 stations, and 183 videos housed on five floors. Certainly, the pace at which you elect to tour the museum will determine the length of your stay.

How do I obtain entry to the museum building, is there an admission fee?

Entry to all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. is free. Tickets are not required for admission to the museum. However, for our visitor’s convenience, we are offering a timed access option available soon on our website and via our Call Center.

Timed Passes

To facilitate entry and for the convenience of visitors, the museum is offering a Timed Pass option available soon on the NMAAHC website and via a Call Center. The museum hopes to alleviate extended wait times for the public through use of hourly timed passes. The passes have a one-hour time range, within which you may enter the museum. There are two timed pass options: 1) passes will be available online and by telephone in advance or 2) can be obtained at the museum on the day of your visit.

Option One – Passes will be available online and by telephone prior to your visit.
Online and By Telephone: The museum will distribute in advance, Timed Passes online and via a Call Center. If you obtain a Timed Pass online, please remember to print it and bring it with you to the museum. Hourly Timed Passes obtained through the Call Center are mailed to visitors; remember to bring them with you to the museum. These are the same hourly Timed Passes that will be distributed at the museum in person each day.

Option Two – Timed Passes will be available at the museum on the day of your visit.
In Person at NMAAHC: Passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Visitor Services staff and volunteers on the day of your visit. While Timed Passes will be available online and by telephone, a number of Timed Passes will be available in person at the museum.

Special Consideration: With identification, members of the armed forces (including veterans and retirees), law enforcement and firefighting personnel, and federal government employees may obtain complimentary passes for themselves and their families in person on the day of their visit.

Is there a restaurant in the museum?

Food vendors for the Freedom Sounds festival are in place. And, once the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Saturday afternoon, September 24, the museum’s café seats 399 people and features a rotating menu of seasonal offerings served at four stations and includes family-friendly options. The stations are organized to showcase traditional African American cuisine from the following US regions: the Northern States, the Agricultural South, the Creole Coast, and the West Range.

Visitors are not allowed to bring food into the museum and coolers are also not permitted in the museum or on the grounds.

Visitors are not allowed to bring food into the museum and coolers are also not permitted in the museum or on the grounds.

Is there a museum store?

Yes, there is a museum store located on the Entry Level offering a wide selection of items reflecting the experience, architecture, and collections of the museum. Offerings are selected to encourage visitors to continue their exploration of African American history and culture beyond museum visits.

What is available for those who are not English language speakers?

When the museum opens, brochures and the museum’s mobile tour, “Sojourner” are available in English, French and Spanish.

How many people can I bring in a group?

There are no limits to the size of a group that comes to the museum. Please be mindful that with so many people expected to attend our Grand Opening Weekend, the larger the group, the longer it will take to enter the museum through screening, orient yourself to the space, and begin your NMAAHC experience. Visitors should remain patient and courteous to facilitate everyone’s movement through and engagement with the museum.

What are expected wait times for entrance to Museum and events?

Please be prepared for large crowds and extended wait times as you enter the Museum during Grand Opening Weekend.

Will there be a security check-in for the museum?

For everyone’s safety, all visitors are required to go through screening during the security process. You are greeted upon entry by one of our security personnel who conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. All visitors are required to walk through a metal detector. Those who are unable to go through the metal detector will be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel.

What can I bring into the museum?

The following items are NOT PERMITTED in the Museum:

  • tripods
  • monopods
  • selfie sticks
  • guns
  • 3D weapons
  • knives
  • pen knives
  • pets
  • food and drinks
  • scissors
  • aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
  • tools
  • smoking
  • placards, signs, or banners

Is there a coat or bag check at the museum?

There is no coat or bag check available within the museum building. We encourage visitors to leave large bags and packs behind, and to travel as lightly as possible for the best museum experience.

Are there family friendly restrooms?

Restrooms designated for family use are on the upper levels of the museums—each level above the museum’s Central Hall.

Is the Museum accessible and ADA compliant?

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible. Accommodations include accessible facilities, entrances, and maps. There are free manual wheelchair loans on a first-come, first-served basis. Open captioning is included in all exhibition videos. Audio descriptions are incorporated into some exhibitions through the museum’s mobile “Sojourner” tour. When the museum opens in September, mobile tours will be available through the website and at the Welcome Desk.

American Sign Language interpretation and Access Services are available by contacting http://nmaahc.si.edu/Connect/Contact with two weeks advance notice. Movies shown during regular museum hours of operation offer assistive listening devices and audio-description. T-Loops, publications, and brochures in Braille and CD are available at the Welcome Desk.

Can I bring my stroller, scooter, walker, wheelchair or any type of mobility device?

The museum is accessible to visitors using strollers, scooters, walkers, wheelchairs and mobility devices. There are elevators available to visitors on every floor of the museum.

Are wheelchairs available?

A very limited number of manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis for use while visiting the museum. You are encouraged to bring a wheelchair with you due to limited availability. Visitors may ask for assistance from security personnel at the entrances.

Can I take photos and videos in the museum?

The Smithsonian permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions, unless otherwise posted. Photography of fine art is prohibited. For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. To assist visitors, the museum provides a mobile application with a variety of images from our exhibitions and collections to assist with capturing your memories.

Working members of the media who need to use a tripod or monopod must obtain permission from the museum’s Office of Public Affairs and must be escorted by a Museum staff member while in the building.

Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Smithsonian for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on the Smithsonian’s and other public websites.

How do I get media credentials?

Please contact the Office of Public Affairs at nmaahc-publicaffairs@si.edu for additional information. For the museum’s official media kit, please visit http://newsdesk.si.edu/kits/smithsonians-newest-museum-open-sept-24.

What Photography or Film Making is authorized for the public at Smithsonian Museums?

The Smithsonian permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions. Please contact the Office of Public Affairs at nmaahc-publicaffairs@si.edu for additional information.

For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks is not permitted at any time. Working members of the media who need to use a tripod or monopod must obtain permission from the museum’s Office of Public Affairs and must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building.

Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Smithsonian for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on the Smithsonian’s and other public websites.

How Do I Share my NMAAHC Images and Experiences on Social Media?

NMAAHC embraces social media as a way to stay connected with current audiences, reach out to new ones, and foster dialogue. Numerous opportunities to share your presence at NMAAHC events through social media are also available.

Please check us out on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

How do I participate if I do not plan to travel to DC for the Grand Opening?

Across the country and around the world, watch parties and other signature events are being organized by local museums, individuals or corporations as co-celebrants with the NMAAHC Grand Opening. Your organization can join us as a co-celebrant during this special and historic moment as part of the NMAAHC Grand Opening celebration family. You can decide the level of participation that is right for you and your institution and focus on the seminal stories of the nation as well as ones that are specific and singular to your institution. Opportunities for engagement and co-celebration activities include the following:

  • Watch Party: Host and organize a group to watch the museum dedication live from your site
  • Signature Event: Present a program, exhibit or other event co-branded with NMAAHC
  • Social Media Campaign: Post messages of support on your website or other social media outlets.

 

Coming Soon! A Grand Opening Event Planning Guide is now in production for download from the museum’s website. It includes detailed information and resources to help you create a unique celebration in your community.

I have an object I would like to donate, should I bring it with me?

No, please do not bring historic objects or artwork to the Opening or to the Museum at any other time. The Museum is working diligently toward the opening day and all of our resources must be devoted to the momentous occasion. We receive on a weekly basis numerous offers of historical and art collections for the Museum to consider and unfortunately we cannot give these offers the attention they deserve. Therefore the Museum is requesting that potential donors hold on to their materials a little longer and reconsider proposing collection donations in 2017. At that time, a collection donation form will be accessible on the Museum website.

How do I support the museum?

Be a part of this seminal American moment. Individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations, please join us in this historic endeavor. Become a member or donor! http://nmaahc.si.edu/GetInvolved/Ways

May I volunteer?

Volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging audiences. Currently, the museum is not accepting volunteer applications. If you are interested in volunteering, you may sign up to receive an email alert when we reopen volunteer recruitment: http://nmaahc.si.edu/GetInvolved/Volunteers