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National Museum of African American History and Culture Tours and Activities

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum in the United States devoted to the African American experience. Its unique architectural structure—wrapped in an ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice—houses 12 galleries and 13 interactive exhibits. The 36,000-object collection tells the American story through the African American lens, covering themes from history, politics, religion, slavery, and segregation to music, sports, fashion, and art.

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. 

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. 

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.

When to Get There
The museum is open from 10am to 5:30pm every day of the year except December 25.

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.
Address: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20560, USA
Hours: Daily 10am–5:30pm
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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more. Due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian institutions are closed.
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  • 4 hours
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$91.44
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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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KB Tours is one of the few African American Heritage tours in Washington DC. We tour to all four quadrants of the city. We like to show people the historic African American neighborhoods of Washington DC. We like to go off the beat and path . All of our guides knowledge of the interesting black history of Washington DC. We pride ourselves on giving good facts and telling great stories of Washington DC. Our guides will stay you throughout the tour. We try to telling you facts that you never knew . We like to have fun and make people laugh but also keep them engage with stories. We keep young children engaged on the tour by having to participate with the guide on the tour .After taking our tour you will be ready with your thirst for knowledge to enter the Museum of African American History and Culture.
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!

Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

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Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about the history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and many more—a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DC

African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DC

This is the only African American Heritage tour in Washington DC that include a great African American heritage tour of the city, a soul food dinner and tickets to the Museum of African American History and Culture. We will have only 20 people on the tour so you will get a lot of special attention from our very knowledgeable guides . The summer day are very hot and humid. Taking a night tour is much cooler and relaxing
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  • 4 hours
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DC's History of Slavery Tour

DC's History of Slavery Tour

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The theme/subject is a much needed topic of discussion for all Americans, young and old. This tour is unique because it is one of a kind in the Nation's Capital. There are many so called "classical tours" given but none on the lines of my tour which offers the history of slavery in the Federal City.
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  • 2 hours
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Rides & Tours on the National Mall

Rides & Tours on the National Mall

This is a private tour in the open. If you like the outdoors, this is for you. The tour will be designed for you.
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Private Day or Night Tour of Washington DC Stopping at your Wishlist of DC Sites

Private Day or Night Tour of Washington DC Stopping at your Wishlist of DC Sites

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Tour of National Mall

Afternoon Tour of National Mall

Visit 10-iconic Washington DC landmarks in just three hours. Get dropped off as close to each of the sites as possible. This small group tour will allow plenty of time to walk around each site and to take photos. We will stop at these ten iconic sites. - United States Capitol Building - White House - World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial - Iwo Jima - Lincoln Memorial - Korean War Veterans Memorial - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tour starts at the Washington Grand Hyatt. Meet your guide in front of the Starbucks at 11th and H St NW. Maximum tour group size - 11 Contact us if you don't see an available spot for the day that you would like to tour. If your group is 5 or more contact us for group rates and our private tour options.
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  • 3 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

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National Museum of African American History and Culture hours of operation: Daily 10am–5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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