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National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Free admission
Daily 10am–5:30pm
1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20560

The Basics

The museum’s concourse level documents slavery in the US from the slave trade to emancipation with moving exhibits including artifacts such as Harriet Tubman’s personal hymnal and a shawl gifted to her by Queen Victoria. Other floors delve into segregation and run through to the present day, telling stories of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama as they relate to African American culture. The Community and Culture galleries showcase collective contributions to athletics, the military, and more. Also here, visitors can explore family histories through digital resources and get help conducting genealogical research and oral history interviews.

Museum entry requires a free timed-entry pass. Same-day and advance passes are available online, and some walk-up passes are distributed after 1pm on weekdays. Thousands flock to the museum daily, making it one of the most-visited Smithsonian institutions, and passes sell out quickly—plan ahead.

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African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
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$90.00 per adult
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The tour guide was very informative! All worthwhile ! We hit some historical sites and learned so much along the way.
dberksteiner001, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Great History Experience
Tiera_H, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
I was able to learn about the different buildings that are in downtown DC and what they signified. I also learned more in-depth about Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Bethune, and many other individuals who made history.
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Fantastic!
larry_t, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
The entire Tour was a great experience especially especially our tour driver and guide. My wife and I are very satisfied.
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Excellent
dberksteiner001, May 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
The tour guide was very informative! All worthwhile ! We hit some historical sites and learned so much along the way.
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Learning about all of the...
Tangie_B, May 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Learning about all of the contributions of African Americans to the building of architecture and culture in the nation's capitol.
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Fun day
Tahnesha_H, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
I and the family enjoyed this informative tour which provide my family and I more knowledge as we always appreciate it. Visiting DC has been a great experience and would recommend this tour to more family and friends.
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One of the best decisions...
TYRA_K, May 2022
Washington DC: African American History museum and Culture Private Tour
One of the best decisions we made on our trip to DC. The guide Nur was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the museum. We felt like family great job
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Chi-town Finest Guest
Angel_W, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Everything!! My favorite was the museum and my tour guide was awesome and soo informative. Will bring my kids on the next one!
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Excellent tour
Courtney_B, Apr 2022
Washington DC: African American History museum and Culture Private Tour
The museum was huge and information packed, having a guide brought to life the historical highlights of the museum and historical significance of the exhibits.
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Something for everyone to see
Rena_W, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Experiencing the museum for the first time. Seeing all the exhibits. Being able to walk through time to see things as they were then.
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My DC AAH tour
Una_H, May 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Our Tour guide (Kenny) and driver (Marco) were both great they made the best of the numerous street closures and still managed to get us to monuments and the museum on time.
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Amazing and lightning and I’m grateful for being educated on such a lovely level
Kellye_W, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
All of It I’m still in all and very grateful for my tour guy he gave us so much information amazing to her
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Great history of truth!
George_C, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Seeing actual items of history!! The story being told in fact’s not theory!! A must see historical lesson for All to experience!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • While the museum is free to enter, timed-entry passes are required.

  • Head to the third-floor observatory for stellar views of the Washington Monument and the city.

  • The on-site Sweet Home Café offers traditional African American cuisine from four US regions.

  • Tripods, selfie sticks, food, and drink are not permitted in the museum.

  • The museum is fully accessible. Wheelchair rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and open captioning is included in all exhibition videos.

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How to Get There

The museum is the latest addition to the Smithsonian’s collection on the National Mall. Due to the lack of nearby parking, the best way to arrive is by foot, bus, or Metro. The nearest Metro stops are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines. The museum is also a stop on many hop-on, hop-off tours of Washington D.C.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from 10am to 5:30pm every day of the year except December 25.

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A Thoughtful Design

Designed by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, the museum takes inspiration from Yoruba art of West Africa as well as architectural roots of the African diaspora of America. There are more than 85,000 square feet (7,897 square meters) of gallery space thoughtfully and beautifully displaying thousands of artifacts. Its history galleries in particular are a must-see.

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