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
5
Wednesday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 16:00
Friday
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
11:00 - 16:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
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  • Federal Triangle • 6 min walk
  • Smithsonian • 7 min walk
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5.0
3,477 reviews
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Very good
376
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81
Poor
28
Terrible
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Rebecca Denson
1 contribution
Disappointed
Jun 2021
Cant figure out why we can't get tickets at 8am when they are released. The Calendar says it's sold out.
Written 20 June 2021
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ElleD93
Tampa, FL21 contributions
Incredible Museum
May 2021 • Couples
Absolutely incredible, a must see in DC! The Museum is much larger than we anticipated, spanning 7 floors. We unfortunately didn’t have enough time to see the entire museum, so we’ll certainly return in the future. Dedicate - at a minimum - 2-3 hours for the Museum.
Written 29 May 2021
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Dear Elle_D_1993, 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 10 June 2021
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GuestE
1 contribution
Ticket Reservations???
May 2021 • Family
Today is May 16th and I cannot even access the Museum’s calendar or view dates and times!!! My husband and I have been calling and checking the site for weeks!!! There is no way that if you can only reserve 30’days in advance that dates beyond that are sold out!!!! How is that possible? I finally received a call back yesterday from someone who seemed very disinterested . The representative pretty reworded and repeated back to me what I was saying or asking. When I asked why dates were unavailable her explanation was that for a date on the 15 or 16th of June you would book on the 17th of May because of the 31 days in May. I expressed that I fully understood and tried to explain again. Let’s just say I Thanked the representative for calling back but I’m highly disappointed. After a long pandemic and a year of virtual learning for our sons this would have been a nice weekend trip to begin the summer. I will continue to try and update. Note: Other museums have availability beyond the 30 day advance! I’ve read reviews saying 6:30 a.m. and one saying 11:00 a.m.. I wish the agent would have clarified better.
Written 16 May 2021
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Dear 522evew, Thank you for contacting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We are sorry to hear that you weren’t able to obtain passes for the date you wished. Currently, Passes are released throughout each day, beginning at 8:00 a.m., for time slots 30 days out at NMAAHC.si.edu/visit. The Museum remains extremely popular and we are limiting the number of people who can enter the museum in the initial stages of reopening for the safety of all visitors and staff.  Passes are going very quickly. We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and local health officials and governments to inform decisions regarding our reopening protocols.  A limited number of same-day passes will be available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online, there will be no passes available at the Museum. Sincerely, NMAAHC Visitor Services
Written 21 May 2021
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Martin Luther King
1 contribution
this museum is exceptional it allows us to better understand the history of black america and allows us to put ourselves
Mar 2021
this museum is exceptional it allows us to better understand the history of black america and allows us to put ourselves in the shoes of the black man at that time i recommend this museum because it is really interesting and very rich in culture
Written 7 March 2021
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Dear MLK-officiel, 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 10 June 2021
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M G
1 contribution
Amazing visit 😍
Mar 2020
I don’t usually post reviews but last summer I went to that Museum and how to say in one word that it was STUNNING, there’s no such word to express my feeling !
Exploring the African-American story was extraordinary.
The kids fully understood it and enjoyed learning ( Wow 🤦🏽‍♀️).
Many costums, animations, pictures that retrace the story of the United States.

Anyways I totally recommend to visit this Museum ( that’s what I’ve been doing for months to my beloved one 😅)
Written 31 January 2021
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Dear MakaylinJohn, 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 10 June 2021
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Paul_GHR
Bordeaux, France1 contribution
A Worderful visit !
Mar 2020
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!
Written 12 January 2021
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Dear Traveler55244458260, 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 10 June 2021
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bigwawao
New York City, NY9,091 contributions
A very compelling experience.
Jan 2020
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.
Written 31 December 2020
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Dear bigwawao, 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 3 February 2021
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smiller324
Indianapolis, IN35 contributions
Incredible!
Dec 2019
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!
Written 9 November 2020
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Dear smiller62700, 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 3 February 2021
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Kathy C
Los Angeles100 contributions
An amazing showcase - give it several hours
Oct 2020
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.
Written 3 November 2020
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Dear Kathy C, 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 3 February 2021
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suzywang8
6 contributions
Did not enjoy it
Oct 2020 • Solo
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.
Written 31 October 2020
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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
Written 20 November 2020
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