I finally made it to the first national museum devoted completely to African American history and culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public September 24, 2016. The tickets to gain access to this museum has been hard to get since the day it has opened due to its popularity.
The museum is located on the National Mall at :
1400 Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20560
The cost to get in the museum is free but you need a pass. I didn’t have a pass and I was able to gain access as a walk up because I went on a weekday. I was very happy about that. However, timed entry passes are required every Saturday and Sunday and for groups of 10 or more people.
The hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., except on Christmas Day.
This museum is breathtaking and well designed. The knowledge and the history you will learn will enlighten you, make you angry, make you cry, inspire you, encourage you, and help you understand the struggles of African Americans. You will learn a lot. This is a must see for all people, regardless of race to get a better understanding African American history.
I was speechless, it was so much beauty to take in that I couldn’t digest it all. One day is not enough to read and get through all of the interactive exhibits. As the museum is still very popular and draw very large crowds. I couldn’t take my time how I normally would at a museum. I will definitely have to go back. I was so impressed with the architecture of the building as it was brilliantly designed. You can tell every detail was well thought and executed to perfection.
The lead designer is David Adjaye who is of African descent and lead architect is Philip Freelon, together with their architectural team Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, won an international competition in April 2009 to design and deliver the museum to the people of the United States. ( information courtesy Nmaahc website)
This is the place to understand how protest and love of country don’t merely coexist but inform each other, how men can proudly win the gold for their country but still insist on raising a black-gloved fist, how we can wear an ‘I can’t breathe’ T-shirt and still grieve for fallen police officers. ~President Obama
The museum is massive it has 5 very large floors, which includes a restaurant, pop up shop, souvenir shop and a stunning hidden waterfallS. The bottom 3 floors (c3-c1) take you back to the very beginning of slavery and the slave trade. You can see the progression in African American history as you go to each floor. The upper levels are the contributions African Americans has contributed to society through sports, music, and other things. The water falls was a place for me to clear my mind after seeing and learning so much. For me, it was a place to be at peace.
The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly; and was willing to help with anything you need. While in the souvenir shop the gentleman told me to come during the fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday as it’s not that crowded.
Below are some pictures from the galleries and exhibits. If you are in the Washington DC area, I highly recommend and encourage that you visit NMAAHC, it is a very educational and beautiful experience. You will grow and you will learn a lot. You will not be disappointed.