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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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African American Tour Aug. 2022
The tour was informative and inspirational. We visited several historic sites, including MLK. The bus was comfortable and keep cool, the temperature outside was over 90 degrees. Our tour guide and driver Kenny, was very courteous and provided detailed information. He answered all our questions, Thank you Kenny , you are very resourceful in facts and history! , When you visit DC, You must take this tour ! Sandra M
Sandra_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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My 1st time in Washington DC
SIMONE_M, Jul 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Very good information , really joyed the tour ,👏🏾 I recommend a tour of Washington DC KB was on time our Guide was funny and very friendly, the van was very clean and comfortable .
star-5
History Lesson
SharonArnwine, May 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Excellent tour. Time well spent Great tour guy " Dru" well versed on all attractions. Van clean and air conditioning great.
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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-5
Great experience
Ashley_C, Aug 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Kenny was our tour guide. He was relatable, witty and had great history of the city. We had our 14 year old daughter and 10,12 year old sons. They enjoyed getting out and looking at the sites.
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Our tour guide Deon is...
Hillary_W, Aug 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Our tour guide Deon is very much a knowledgable historian. He delivered this knowledge with passion and pride! I have already recommended to my DC family to take the tour and to request him!! Thank you!
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Our Experience
Nicholas_B, Jul 2022
Washington DC: African American History museum and Culture Private Tour
Wonderful story telling by our guide! He was so engaging and fun. He had wonderful energy. He brought the museum to life.
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Awesome !!!
Lemont_W, Aug 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Our tour guy was so impactful for me. His knowledge of black history was excellent, it was like being in a black history class with your favorite teacher. The museum is always a big highlight for me, this is my third visit.
star-5
Excellent guide
Kelley_D, Jul 2022
Washington DC: African American History museum and Culture Private Tour
Our tour guide, Dr. Cora Gibson was very friendly and she is a wealth of information! We enjoyed our time!!
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Today was a good day…
Tyesha_H, Aug 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
The tour is absolutely phenomenal! The history of DC and the many contributions made to American history by black people are brought to life by the brilliance of the tour guide ‘Dre’. He was knowledgeable, funny, and passionate about history. The tour would not have been the same without his guiding style. #GiveThatManARaise
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Super tour
Ron_F, Aug 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Great guide with wonderful insights and storytelling…. Saw things we didn’t expect. Museum was awesome…
star-5
Very fun and educational....
Alexandre_C, Aug 2022
African-American History Tour with Museum in Washington DC
Very fun and educational. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this over many of the other tours offers at the nations capital.
star-4
Pleasant and Informative Tour
June_H, Jul 2022
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Very informative. The tour gave us a good overview of black history. KB gave us a pleasant delivery of information. Too bad we couldn’t see Fredrick Douglass’ house and Civil War museum. But we had a great time.
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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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