National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • Federal Triangle • 6 min walk
  • Smithsonian • 7 min walk
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BeachyBoots
114 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
This museum is beautiful. It was very well done. The exhibits are lovely. But I found it frustrating getting caught at “dead ends” of a lot of the exhibits. A lot of people bottlenecked at the end of an exhibit trying to come back to the front. Seems like there should be a smooth flow of traffic and an exit at the back of each exhibit to eliminate the bottlenecks. So traffic flow was an issue on a fairly busy day.
Written 29 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We 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 30 November 2022
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Tashie d
12 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is a must do museum. With so much history to see we didn’t allow enough time to see everything, you should allow at least 4-6 hours.
Written 21 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We 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 30 November 2022
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Manori W
Colombo, Sri Lanka121 contributions
Oct 2022
Amazing experience - you've got to visit at least once in your lifetime. But it can be overwhelming too, so pace yourself and allow information to sink in.

We took lots of stops - sat at the various short videos, paused to browse interactive sections etc. This helps your brain process some of the horrors and injustices you are seeing back to back.

We covered the history section, level by level, and decided to leave the culture section for another day. It took us about 4.5hrs.
Written 21 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We 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 30 November 2022
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Tom
Kinnelon, NJ74 contributions
Nov 2022
The story of slavery in the Americas has outstanding detail. Give yourself most of a day for this great museum. Or plan to come back.
Written 20 November 2022
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Thank you for 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! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 30 November 2022
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Robert F
6 contributions
Nov 2022
This doesn't look so big from the outside but it is enourmous. Three floors underground to start. I think 4 hours minimum and maybe 6 spread over 2 days. This should be compulsary for teen students. So much to see and learn.

There is probably a lot more that they could put in the museum.

Reservations are required starting 30 days in advance. But off season, you might be able to get tickets 10 days in advance. They will let you in 30 minutes before your appointment.
Written 18 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. Passes are available 30 days in advance at NMAAHC.si.edu/visit. Passes do go very quickly but a limited number of same-day passes are 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. We 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 20 November 2022
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Stephanie M
12 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This museum covers the history, culture, and art of African -Americans in a comprehensive and beautiful way. The bottom level takes you from Africans arriving to the U.S. as slaves to President Obama's election. When I visited the museum, the line was long for this area and once inside it was crowded. The upper levels cover culture, and art. It is definitely worth a visit. Plan to spend 3-4 hours.
Written 8 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We 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 15 November 2022
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mjpmack
Philadelphia, PA10 contributions
Oct 2022
This visit has been on our bucket list since they opened. We had timed tickets for 1pm and stayed until closing at 5:30pm. Just not enougn time. From our calculations, we plan to return at least 2 more days to get through the whole museum. Is it a must see and must not rush to truly appreciation.
Written 7 November 2022
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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 we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We are thrilled that 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 8 November 2022
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Brayden B
1 contribution
Oct 2022
While in Washington D.C. I went to The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The actual building itself was intricately designed and was a fantastic feat of architecture. The layout of the museum was designed to represent African history and the idea of experiencing it chronologically from the slave trade to more contemporary pop culture. The first floor detailed the slave trade and early history that many people are not accustomed to knowing. The bottom floor was super informative and fascinating, although much of their history is considered sad. A main enjoyment of the museum was the chance to see Emmet Till's coffin. Another enjoyable part of the museum was seeing a train car that was used during the period of segregation. The National Museum of African American History and Culture included objects like chains, shackles, collars, living quarters, and information that would help people comprehend their living situation when they underwent slavery. Along with that, first-hand accounts such as slave journals help students perceive coerced labor (slavery) through their perspective, which is not expressed enough. My overall experience at the museum was supper enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone.
Written 2 November 2022
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Thank you for 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! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 8 November 2022
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Levi S
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I would say that the experience is very beneficial for anyone. It is a well-put-together museum, and its design is very beautiful. There were some interesting exhibits, such as the casket of Emmet Till, or the segregated railcar. It was also a nice touch to make the museum lighter as we ascended. It was dark on the bottom level, but it slowly got lighter as you moved up the floors. Unfortunately, I was on a schedule, so I didn’t get to see the cultural part of the museum, but there are lots of historical artifacts to make the museum great. It gives you an understanding of the struggle and the long process that you must sometimes go through to initiate change.
Written 2 November 2022
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Thank you for 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! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture
Written 8 November 2022
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Cameron Lay
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I really enjoyed my trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was an eye-opening experience that sometimes put me outside of my comfort zone, but because of that, I was able to learn more about African American history. At the museum, the descriptions of each exhibit gave an in-depth analysis of what the exhibit was, who it was used by, and how it was used. One of the big topics in the museum is slavery and the slave trade. There are so many exhibits and so much information in the museum about the slave trade, that it becomes easier to understand. To add on, the artifacts that are present at the museum give you the ability to put yourself in the shoes of the person who is involved with the artifact. Reflecting back on the trip, I learned so much more about things I thought I knew a lot about. This trip was very educational and I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to learn more about African American history.
Written 2 November 2022
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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 8 November 2022
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National Museum of African American History and Culture is open:
  • Mon - Mon 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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