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National Museum of African Art

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects...

Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

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You start at the top floor, and gradually go down to see additional exhibits. The art pieces which include all media are fabulous. Usually museum stores are near the exit so... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Phoenix
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You start at the top floor, and gradually go down to see additional exhibits. The art pieces which include all media are fabulous. Usually museum stores are near the exit so patrons won't miss it but their museum store in on the second floor, you can easily just bypass it. There is a hands-on discovery room for younger children.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful garden outside the entrance. The volunteers are passionate and informed. We got a short group tour and the volunteer had us focus on a couple pieces rather than rush through the whole museum. The layout is airy and spacious; recommend.

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darien
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a handsome space for displaying a sampling of African art. The museum is quite small and therefore manageable. There is an excellent gift shop.

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Thank 29dora
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful museum with an excellent collection for newcomers to African art as well as experienced lovers. You can walk through quickly and get a good overview or linger and review & enjoy in detail. Our kids liked it when they were young and we just went back as they are now teenagers and they still appreciated it a lot. Spent... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Directly across the Sackler Museum is this museum showing the work of African artists. Saw the exhibit called Market Symphony, a sound art installation: very interesting concept. A more permanent exhibit, called African Mosaic, shows the different indigenous materials (metals, beads, cowrie shells) used by African artists in their art.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Amazing art displays. Lots of room for expansion of more exhibits. Has a lovely gift shop with one of a kind items made from African motifs. Books and other souvenirs are also available. The tribal dress and masks were of particular beauty and intrigue. There are carvings and sculptures made of wood and stone. I think I liked these and... More 

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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

It is a good museum to visit. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC.The exhibits are beautiful.The varied objects include masks, dress, and art work.

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Reviewed 25 December 2016

The varied and eclectic objects include masks, dress, and art work. We were particularly intrigued by the many human figures that come from the African continent, and the decorations that are especially designed to be worn. Signage is good, and mentions the instances when art was appropriated without consent, too often called collecting. The sensitivity of today's art museums is... More 

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I thought I would spend about an hour in this museum. . .Boy was I wrong!! I spent 3 to 4 hours. . .Lost total track of time!! The exhibits are beautiful!! I want to go back again.

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Thank Carolyn K
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Oh my I love this place. Every time I come I fall in love with it all again.....there's always new exhibits to see. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC

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