The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003. The museum's building, designed by David Adjaye, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006. The museum opened September 24, 2016, in a ceremony led by U.S. President Barack Obama.
|Established||December 19, 2003; opened September 24, 2016|
|Location||Washington D.C., United States|
|Collections||African-American history, art, music|
|Collection size||33,000 (approximate)|
|Architect||Freelon Group/Adjaye Associates/Davis Brody Bond|
|Public transit access||Federal Triangle station (Blue, Orange, Silver lines)|
The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the NMAAHC, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
The Museum now owns close to 37,000 objects thanks to institutional support and the generosity of our many donors.
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