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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
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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My vacation to Washington DC
Jenetta_F, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Love love both tour guide The buses were very clean The guys were very informative and knew the City to a tee. Thanks for everything
star-4
Great experience
Joseph_D, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
- Visiting the AA museum - learning about local history of DC - Embassy Row - going through Howard U -
star-5
Great tour
Judith_B, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Loved it. Museum is fantastic - saw the part on reconstruction, learned so much. Only saw about 20 percent of museum in 2 1/2 hrs. Music section was fun.
star-5
Well worth it !
Felicia_S, May 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Our tour guide was well versed in African American history particularly as it pertained to DC. We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
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.
star-5
A great day in Washington DC
Simon_H, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and very easy to listen to,gave us the inside stories, and lots of by the way stories, knew every building and his knowledge regarding the white house outstanding friendly and bought water for everyone on one of the hottest days in Washington
star-5
LOVED OUR TOUR GUIDES THOROUGHNESS!
Michelle_B, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
The most memorable parts was our tour guide giving very thorough details...especially when he was giving the history on the Lincoln and Mary MaCloud Bethune statues
star-5
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
star-5
Important history
EILEEN_S, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Dre was an amazing guide. So much knowledge and so personable . Filled with facts and interesting stories
star-5
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.
star-4
Great experience
Duane_J, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Loved freedom park and Howard University our tour guide Dre was very knowledgeable and had approachable 😊
star-4
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.

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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