National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It was established in December 2003 and opened its permanent home in September 2016 with a ceremony led by President Barack Obama.

Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African-American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006, and a design submitted by Freelon Group/Adjaye Associates/Davis Brody Bond was chosen in 2009. Construction began in 2012 and the museum completed in 2016.

The NMAAHC is the world's largest museum dedicated to African-American history and culture. It ranked as the fourth most-visited Smithsonian museum in its first full year of operation. The museum has more than 40,000 objects in its collection, although only about 3,500 items are on display. The 350,000-square-foot (33,000 m2), 10 story building (five above and five below ground) and its exhibits have won critical praise.
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  • Very nice Museum, has every thing that has to do with Black History in it. Please start your tour in the basement of the building and work your way up the building. Be prepared to walk a lot, I mean.....  more
    Very nice Museum, has every thing that has to do with Black History in it. Please start your tour in the basement of the building and work your way up the building. Be prepared to walk a lot, I mean.....  more »
  • Pace yourself and don't envision you will see everything on one visit, as the collection is vast and highly informative and engaging. The restaurant has excellent food but lines can be long - there.....  more
    Pace yourself and don't envision you will see everything on one visit, as the collection is vast and highly informative and engaging. The restaurant has excellent food but lines can be long - there.....  more »
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  • It was my first time to this museum and enjoyed the moment. There was so much to take in from our visit. One question I asked people there was did you get this teaching in school? All those I asked responded with positive no. Our schools miss great moments in our development Our hotel was were helpful in providing information on ways to get to the museum without taken our car. It was so helpful for no confusion. Not need to check meters and very informative. Great history lesson for everyone who take out time to enjoy the experience.
  • This museum is immense it's heavy but it's very well-thought-out and well curated. It has so many things in it to see and to experience. I would recommend it for everyone. It truly takes you through the African American experience historically through modern day and helps you understand the culture that many African Americans share in this nation and helps you understand how the history informs that culture. I strongly encourage you whether you think you know the history or not you should try this museum

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