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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Avoid the stress of renting a car and navigating on your own on this bus tour of Washington DC. A guide provides entertaining historical context, as you pass more than 50 of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and National Mall. Unlike most city bus tours, a small group size ensures you have the guide's full attention for questions and comments.
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Paul_GHR wrote a review 12 Jan
Bordeaux, France1 contribution1 helpful vote
A few days ago, I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and that was one of the best visit I have never done! With its magnificent modern design and pronounced architecture, you have to see this museum at least once in your life. Moreover, I have learnt many information and facts about the history of Black Americans and the Civil Rights Movement. Each element tells us a part of the fight of the black community, the consequences for their live conditions, the leaders of different movements... Also, the fact that each elder can talk and tell their stories is very lively! I recommend this place!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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bigwawao wrote a review Dec 2020
New York City, New York8,763 contributions273 helpful votes
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Hi!. I was here sometime ago before corona. Just found my review. I am sure that aside from corona precautions, the museum is just the same as when I first visited it. Don't know how it is now but when I went there, there was no tips telling me how to do the museum. What I did was go up and work my way down. I agree with other posters that it is best to start from the bottom as it shows the black experience in America from the beginning. Nice to end at the reflecting pool to reflect on what you have just witnessed. Then go upstairs to see the current contribution they have given to our country. From sports- Michael Jordan- to Music- the Temptations- and everything in between. And don't forget the olympian who put Hitler's showcase olympics to shame. For those with a bent for history, a must go even once in your lifetime. However you must go with an open mind. It is very compelling. The exhibits are like in a maze. They could be better laid out. I spent the morning at the Holocaust Museum and the afternoon here and I could say you can actually see the difference in the layout. Holocaust was better. Timewise it depends on how long you would spend on the exhibits. I'd say I spent close to 3 hours there.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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smiller324 wrote a review Nov 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana35 contributions49 helpful votes
The first time I visited this museum was right after it was completed and my second time going back, they continue to amaze me! Incredible!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kathy C wrote a review Nov 2020
Los Angeles100 contributions84 helpful votes
This museum remains so popular that in ordinary times you need to reserve admission several MONTHS in advance. Now you can reserve up to 30 days out and you need to go online and reserve admission in the morning 30 days out in order to be sure you can get in. It has an incredible collection of artifacts that bring you into the culture of accomplished African Americans and gives you remarkable insight into their lives outside of the activities that brought them fame.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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suzywang8 wrote a review Oct 2020
4 contributions7 helpful votes
An important story to be told, but this museum did not make for an enjoyable experience. -1- They are taking coronavirus precautions to the extreme. In going through ultra-rigid, airport-style security, I was handed a tray that was so dripping wet with disinfectant, another employee commented about it. Additionally, the place has markings on the floor denoting six feet of separation that are often 10 feet apart. -2- Despite the precautions and the timed entry, and having to wait frequently in separate lines, the museum felt really crowded at certain points. I have trouble believing that they were only at 25% capacity and would hate to imagine what it’s like at 100%. I would strongly advise that if you are planning to go during the pandemic that you only go first thing in the morning. -3- Agreeing with another poster that the layout is really just not great. I had to ask an employee where the museum “begins” (lowest floor in basement), and the rooms from there, rather than being an easy-to-follow path and storyline, often turn into a meandering mess.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Ask_NMAAHC, Visitor Services at National Museum of African American History and Culture
Responded 20 Nov 2020
Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience with NMAAHC. Out of an abundance of caution, we are constantly working on making your experience safe and enjoyable which means making assessments with regards to social distancing guidelines. Implementing those changes allows us to adjust as need be. We apologize if we did not meet your expectations, and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns. Sincerely, NMAAHC Visitor Services
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