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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
star-4.5
$76.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
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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.
Ceasar_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Awesome Tour
Timothy_L, Sep 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
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
Mr Map was wonderful and informative as well as knowledgeable tour guide. . Very enjoyable tour. Clean and comfortable bus.
star-5
Nick is the best tour...
Terri_P, Nov 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
Nick is the best tour guide I've ever had. He is so knowledgeable. You will definitely learn a LOT! We covered a lot of ground. You are in a bus but you get on and off of the bus and there is a bit of walking. You are allowed to stay on the bus should the walking become to much. Once in the African American museum, that part is self guided which for me was cool because you can go at your own pace.
star-5
Wonderful company!
Tina_S, Nov 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Most wonderful and caring staff. Excellent service and fantastic people running there tours! They are friendly and warm and make you feel welcomed in DC.
star-4
Black History is our History
Mark_D, Jun 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
The tour was great. I’ve been to DC multiple times because of family, and this is the first time (at least I recall in adult life😏) with such an experience rich in Black History. The commentary on the tour was a treasure, it was like being in a cool history class. Having tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture was a definite highlight, one my family and I will do again as there is so much to see. If you squeeze a lunch in there, I would book again🙂."
star-5
Great
Susan_M, Nov 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
Our guide was knowledgeable and made the tour! The museum is a tour de force that should not be missed when in DC.
star-5
DC experience
anthony_f, Nov 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
It was a good tour, I enjoyed the tour guide and all the different aspects that African-Americans have bought to DC, thank you!
star-5
The tour was really an...
Dwight_B, Nov 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
The tour was really an amazing and life changing experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone and everyone.
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
Great time!
Karen_M, Nov 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
Nick was fantastic. He’s very knowledgeable and really funny. We saw a lot of DC, and ended the tour with admission to the beautiful museum. We had the best time!
star-5
I would recommend this tour.
Jocelyne_L, Nov 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
The tour guide Nick truly brought the history to life. He was extremely knowledgeable, kept it interesting (particularly for kids) and engaging.
star-5
Enjoyable and educational.
PatriciaJohnson, Nov 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
We learned the history of black Americans in Washington DC, Georgetown, Anacostia. It was factual and interesting. We stopped and got out with enough time to see the sights. We 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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