National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture
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10:00 - 17:30
Monday
12:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
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  • Smithsonian • 7 min walk
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Richard
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
Couples
As a modern museum, it is very dynamic, with various sections. They leave no room for doubt about the historical theme, very sad actually, that awakens mixed feelings about humanity. They also touch on culture, entertainment and great African-American figures. We were lucky to receive tickets the same day. It is super well put and is a must see
Written 28 September 2022
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Janye N
7 contributions
They were they least friendly staff of all the museums we visited this trip. They were also actively denying access to a disabled person. They would not allow them to use the elevator insisting they go up the ramp and not allowing them to exit when necessary. The exhibit flow in the concourses was poorly designed and if you grew up in the US you probably learned most of the information in school. There were some added details but most was covered in school. Very monochromatic.
Written 27 September 2022
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JennieCV
Liverpool37 contributions
Starts on lower levels with the heartbreaking stories of slavery and segregation but the upper levels then are a celebration of what black culture and individuals have contributed to make the world a better place. Beautifully curated in an stunning building.
Written 23 September 2022
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Jeff90038
Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
Plan on spending the entire day here so get your ticket for early in the day. And be on time...they wouldn't let us in even 5 minutes before the scheduled time (not even to go to the restaurant--which is delicious and reasonably priced) and we saw people who arrived after their scheduled time get turned away. Plan your visit, it is impossible to see everything so if there is something you really want to see or learn about plan it ahead. It was quite crowded but well worth it. A must see.
Written 23 September 2022
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Terri P
Baltimore, MD201 contributions
Every inch of this museum tell a story. Easy to get around. The structure itself is a must see. Through provoking journey through American history.
Written 16 September 2022
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Boots54
Milwaukee Wisconsin36 contributions
This museum is a must see to learn about the past and see more clearly the present. The exhibits demonstrate that our country has progressed and has much more work to do in educating all of us on the history and impact of racism and the dangers that "fear of the other" can have on humanity.
Written 12 September 2022
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Dear Boost54 , Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 13 September 2022
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Annette
13 contributions
We entered at 11 am and were told to go to the top and work down. Lines on the basement floor were already too long and they were not letting you enter.

Upper floors contain exhibits related to sports, culture, etc. and had some video portions. There are places to sit and listen when you are tired. Many spaces are tight and it can be crowded.

We ate in the cafe - fried fish, chicken sandwich, green beans and potato salad were all good. Adequate seating.

Finally about 4 pm we waited in the line for the underground floor which covered 1400- present day time lines of historical activities related to slave trade, segregation, BLM, etc. You enter have progress . Extremely crowded and very tight spaces even at 4 pm. We had to weave through a lot of people to get to the 1968 to present section which we decided was what we wanted to see since our time was limited by museum closing.
Written 8 September 2022
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Dear Lots to see and crowded Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 13 September 2022
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Asia N
Philadelphia, PA7 contributions
I highly recommend that any person of color go to this museum! There is so much to see that you won't see it all in one visit. I've been here twice now and have discovered and seen things that I never saw on my first visit. The staff here are excellent and friendly. I plan on going again - for a third time lol!
Written 6 September 2022
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Dear A Must See, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum, and we thank you for your comment on your visit. We hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 13 September 2022
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plondon2016
London, United Kingdom19 contributions
The building is amazing and the way the exhibits have been laid out is clear. Growing up in a country which had colonies and which brought slaves over to the Caribbean to work the plantations, something white people hadn't the stamina to do, I already knew a lot of the information shown but I learned things I didn't know about the experience of slaves after they were freed and how they survived in a hostile nation. The bit in the Declaration of Independence about all men being equal rang rather hollow!
Written 1 September 2022
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Dear plondon, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 5 September 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

molod
oxford163 contributions
Family
Very moving indeed. Clearly laid out in a beautiful space and every sobering experience.
Perhaps a little more on how far there still is to go in terms of health, legal and education al equality...........?
Written 31 August 2022
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Dear molod, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum, and we thank you for your comment on your visit. We hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 5 September 2022
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