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National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This extraordinary collection encompasses the dark and the light of our nation's racial history: from the shackles, shacks, and whips of slavery to an exuberant lemon-yellow costume worn onstage by Bootsy Collins when playing bass for the funk band, Parliament. The story begins several floors below ground-level with information about the beginnings of the African slave trade. Visitors follow the exhibits through the subsequent floors, climbing ramps as the story progresses through the colonies, the Constitution, the Civil War, Jim Crow and carpetbaggers, the civil rights movement, and up to the present. The exhibits on the upper floors—covering arts and sports and cuisine and community—are a joyous and welcome relief as they celebrate ongoing history and culture. The crowds who sign up for entry tickets months in advance, and who stand in front of displays and share their stories with complete strangers, are testimony that it's high time this history was honored with its own museum.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) delves into black history in exhibits that range from poignant to thought-provoking, modern, and fun.
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1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, United States
+1 202-633-1000
Sun - Sat 10am - 5:30pm
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