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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 Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
star-4.5
$89.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth the $$
What am amazing experience. Our tour guide Dre was engaging from start to finish. We took the tour during MLK Weekend and the weather was BRUTAL. Even w/the frigid air we still had a great time. Our AA museum tour was scheduled to start from 1pm but the museum decided to close early (2pm) due to a snowstorm. Not only did the tour company ensure we were able to get in the next day (MLK Day) but they also allowed the tkt to be used until end of yr if we couldn’t make it. Overall great experience and would recommend!
Laser_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Awesome Tour
Timothy_L, Sep 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Entire tour and guide. Driver was very safety conscious. Would recommend this to anyone that want to learn African American history
star-5
Eye opening
Cherita_M, Jul 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Mr Map was wonderful and informative as well as knowledgeable tour guide. . Very enjoyable tour. Clean and comfortable bus.
star-5
An amazing, eye opening, learning experience
Michael_M, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was an amazing and charming tour guide! He had us laughing but also shared SO much important information that most Americans never learn. He has inspired me to continue the learning and bring back the things I have learned to my second grade classroom. Thank you Dre for taking us on your tour of DC, I will definitely recommend to friends!!
star-5
The Experience
Samone_D, Dec 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
The exhibits and videos were heartfelt , emotional 😭 and enlightening, going to visit again and bring family
star-5
Book nobody else but Kenny!!
Lydia_T, Dec 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Kenny was a fantastic guide. He really knows his history and we immediately fell into an interesting conversation about different historical tidbits between the three of us. You’ll feel as if you’re on an excursion with an old friend. We highly recommend him
star-5
I was pleased with the...
Yolanda_M, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
I was pleased with the knowledge of our tour guide. He was pleasant and well versed on the life and culture of the area. I will definitely recommend this tour to others. Thank for a wonderful experience!!!
star-5
Great Tour!
Debra_W, Jan 2022
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was a great tour guide. The museum was exquisite. It was a walk through history from the beginning.
star-5
Girlfriend's D.C. Day Trip
Elvire_B, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Our tour guide, Dre, is awesome! He is very knowledgeable and did an excellent job keeping everyone engaged! We rode in dtyle! Definitely worth the money!!!
star-5
Great tour experience
Ronald_C, Nov 2021
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Private Tour
Guided tour that shared historical information that is not generally known or shared in school or through news outlets
star-5
Enlightening Tour
Denise_T, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Our host was awesome. He had great knowledge of African-American and DC history. We had one hiccup with a stop but he made sure we returned later to get the full experience.
star-5
Excellent
Ceasar_M, Nov 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
It was a very cold morning. Bus showed up a few minutes early giving us done shelter from the cold wind. Tour guide has Deep knowledge of the history and was very engaging.
star-5
Dre was great. He was...
Carla_D, Dec 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
Dre was great. He was very knowledgeable and answered our many questions regarding the monuments from an African American perspective. We really enjoyed the tour.

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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