National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture
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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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  • Federal Triangle • 6 min walk
  • Smithsonian • 7 min walk
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eric
Oxnard, CA1 contribution
Go to the American History Museum instead. This one had to work really hard to come up with anything interesting.
Oct 2021 • Solo
This place wasn’t interesting at all. Kept hoping there would be something interesting around the next corner but was disappointed each time. Should have realized most of the positive reviews lacked any kind of specifics. Just people that feel good giving it a good review. I doubt most of them were even actually there.
Written 14 October 2021
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Kathleen G
Riverton, NJ28 contributions
Incredible Museum but need to allow more time!
Oct 2021
We visited this museum as part of an African American history tour. Unfortunately due to transportation and other issues, we arrived later than planned and only had about 2 1/2 hours to explore the museum before its 5:30 closing time. That was not nearly enough time to cover all of this massive museum. Be aware the cafe currently has a limited menu and hours due to Covid, but we were grateful to have a quick bite there. Also please be advised that the closing time in the museum is strictly enforced and they closed the store a half hour before the museum closes (and began shooing people out of the exhibits and galleries in advance of closing time). The museum is incredible and well worth the visit. Just plan to spend several hours exploring all it has to offer. In our experience, the estimated 2-3 hours visit time is definitely not enough. We had to rush through one of the upper floors and completely missed the other and the store. The lower floors took nearly 2 1/2 hours alone. We hope to come back to see it again.
Written 4 October 2021
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Jack M
Civitavecchia, Italy23 contributions
Ticket Advice of October 2021
Sep 2021
If you are thinking of going to NMAAHC this Fall. Here is a strategy if you miss the thirty day window. You can signup at 8:15AM on the NMAAHC site. They have 250 tickets per slot. We were concerned about getting a time, but it was no problem. The staff was great. Recommend go early! If you drive down Constitution Ave you can park (paid) after 9:30AM for three hours.
Written 4 October 2021
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gomcclelland
Poughkeepsie, NY77 contributions
Beautiful but painful journey
Oct 2021 • Couples
Beautiful building.. so many exhibits to see in a wonderful maze of history. It was breathtaking and very painful to observe. You can not see the whole experience in one visit. Plan on coming back or spend two or three day to inhale the experience…
Written 2 October 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,432 contributions
One of the best museums I have ever been to
Sep 2021
I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2021. I had been trying to buy free timed-entry tickets since 2017 and I finally got lucky as they were always sold out. Before I continue with my review, I recommend that you be persistent in trying to get tickets and check the website every day in the morning at about 8 am. I arrived 30 minutes early at the museum but had to wait in line until my exact entry time of 11 am. There are strict security procedures. Once inside, I went to the information desk for a plan of the museum. The "History" part of the museum is underground. There are three levels covering the history of African Americans from 1400 to President Obama. The lowest level is devoted to the history of slavery from 1400 to 1877 and also Civil War times and the Emancipation Proclamation (as well as three amendments to the US Constitution). The next level covered 1876 to 1968 which included Reconstruction after the Civil War, segregation, Jim Crow laws, civil rights. The final level underground covers 1968 to President Obama. I was impressed by seeing a draft of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and saddened by the horrible murder of Emmitt Till which was covered in detail. The end of the "History" part covered the uplifting events of the election of President Obama. I suppose that the museum will have a lot of updates to make for the period 2010 to present. I spent over two hours in the "History" section. The detail was overwhelming. The museum has a nice cafeteria - The Sweet Home Cafe. So I had a spinach / cheese croissant, chocolate chip cookie and diet Coke. After lunch I visited the "Culture" part of the museum which was Level 4 and Level 3. I really enjoyed the Sports section which covered sports heroes like Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and many many others. The Music section was great with Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and many many others. Other interesting sections included the Theater / Film and African American contributions to military history. I spent 1.5 hours in the "Culture" section. The museum has a nice gift shop. COVID19 safety protocols are strictly enforced with frequent announcements about wearing masks and social distancing. I think this museum is one of the best museums I have ever been to and I hope to visit again in the future.
Written 24 September 2021
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TRivers142
Boston, Massachusetts203 contributions
A Must See! - no matter your Race
Sep 2021
Open to all and easy to get to, however get tickets early - they go fast. Beautifully maintained, organized & updated. I was in awe. Not only of the exhibits, but also the architecture of the building itself. You will be saddened, educated, angry and inspired.
Written 7 September 2021
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Travel_Bugm
Pittsburgh, PA22 contributions
Awesome!
Aug 2021 • Family
This is hands down the best museum I’ve been. Exhibits are vast and impressive. The structure itself is a piece of art. Exquisitely done!
Written 5 September 2021
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Kelly D
Tampa, FL107 contributions
A Must Do!
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is a fantastic museum, I’d say one of the best I’ve ever best to. The museum is well laid out and well run.

The lower levels cover the history, while the upper levels cover cultural impacts. There is a great mix of art, artifacts, and audio. I spent 4 hours and could have spent at least another hour to read everything. Don’t miss this museum.
Written 3 September 2021
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RockingLaurie
Redmond, WA147 contributions
Fantastic museum
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a big one…six floors with lots of information. This museum does a great job of mixing up short videos with words on displays and images. I think younger children wouldn’t do well here as there are a LOT of words on walls with a lot of difficult and upsetting topics—know your kids and be prepared for deep discussions.

One of the most moving exhibits is an extensive wall engraved with names of ships and the numbers of enslaved people they were thought to be carrying. This museum is sobering and informative from the front door through to the end.

The pop culture exhibits are maybe more child friendly with some clips of old tv shows, music memorabilia, and fashion icons….and so much more.

We spent six hours there and didn’t each every video or read every label—that would take even longer. Definitely more to do on a second visit.
Written 26 August 2021
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genmasjoy
West Palm Beach, FL152 contributions
Fascinating and detailed examination of African American History
Aug 2021
I spent more than four hours at the museum. It is very impressive because it details African American History from its beginnings up through the modern era. The information is well presented through narration, objects, videos, photos, and art. It is comprehensive and fascinating. At the present time, visitors must reserve a timed ticket in advance. I highly recommend it.
Written 17 August 2021
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Dear genmasjoy, I spent more than four hours at the museum. It is very impressive because it details African American History from its beginnings up through the modern era. The information is well presented through narration, objects, videos, photos, and art. It is comprehensive and fascinating. At the present time, visitors must reserve a timed ticket in advance. I highly recommend it.
Written 26 August 2021
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