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National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

History Museum and Museum
Northwest Washington, Washington
  • Melba D.
    "Everything!!!! Allow the whole day"(5 Tips)
    Hannah C.
    "wretched history of slavery and the power and perseverance"(4 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "good look at the contribution"(2 Tips)
    Rebecca W.
    "... in order to visit the entire museum."(2 Tips)
116 Tips and reviews
  • whole day
  • slavery
  • contributions
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  • family-friendly
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  • Devonta
    DevontaSeptember 27, 2016
    Redefining and completing the narrative of African Americans in America. A journey that will take more than a few visit to fully see everything. A beautiful dedication to our culture.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Terrell
    TerrellSeptember 23, 2016
    You'll need more than one day to take it all in. Trust me. But, it is the most amazing museum I've ever been to.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11, 2017
    You could spend weeks here! Tickets are booked up right now, but there are limited number of same-day tickets available every morning online at 6:30. Well worth it!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • 4sqSU USA
    4sqSU USASeptember 25, 2016
    Officially opened by President Barack Obama on September 24th, 2016.
  • Oliver L.
    Oliver LewisJune 10, 2016
    The architecture, views of DC from within, space design all combine to make this a pleasant and peaceful yet commanding environment.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Charlie-Mike
    Charlie-MikeFebruary 9, 2017
    The Culture floor was the best... it took me back to my child/teen years and I danced a little. It was packed though and some of the areas with video were hard to appreciate with the noise of others
  • Alex L.
    Alex LumaMarch 4, 2017
    Within my first visit to this museum, this has become my favorite museum to visit. There are tons of great exhibits to see, digest and experience. I definitely plan to go back and see what I missed.
  • Viaggiatrice
    ViaggiatriceFebruary 5, 2017
    Knowing there are waits on weekends, I decided to ask if I could get in -- and they let me in! The woman at the door said she had extra spots to give away. So it's worth asking -- just have a plan B.
  • Chris R.
    Chris R (thechristophe)January 19, 2017
    Take the whole day and absorb it all. From the history of the slave trade, through the civil war and civil rights era including a good look at the contribution of African Americans through the years.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinOctober 24, 2017
    Amazing museum, well designed. Like the lower fls but its so depressing to see. Reflecting pool is nice place to reenergize. Food great, get the fried chicken and potato salad side, skip mac n chse
  • Jonah
    JonahAugust 11, 2017
    An amazing museum full of joy, accomplishment, and sadness. There is so much to see it cannot be done in one go. Even if it's sold out, show up and some kind stranger may give you their extra tickets!
  • Greig R.
    Greig RoselliAugust 12, 2017
    The fourth floor houses the museum's cultural artifacts. You can see the Funkadelic mothership and A.J.'s hat from Good Times. I Didn't need advanced tickets to see the museum but the place is packed.
  • Vesper A.
    Vesper AOctober 9, 2017
    You’ll need multiple visits to get through. It’s still very crowded but the value of a free museum of African American history & culture makes for an incredible and memorable education.
  • Harold R.
    Harold RubinOctober 24, 2017
    A bit overwhelming. You do need almost 2 full days to see it. Do the above ground floors one day which is about the culture and the below ground the other day, which is more about history
  • Stacey
    StaceyJune 7, 2016
    gorgeous space, inside and out. a must-see for everyone and the view from the terrace can't be beat.
  • The White House
    The White HouseFebruary 23, 2012
    President Obama delivered remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more
  • Melba D.
    Melba Da SilvaOctober 20, 2017
    This place is massive!!! You need at least 2 days to go through it properly. Very overwhelming, informative and deep!!! A must see here in Washington!! So glad we stopped in.
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonFebruary 10, 2017
    While the museum experience best begins below floors, that can be a 30 minute to 2 hour wait. See some of the galleries upstairs first.
  • Brittany W.
    There is so much to see here! It will take you all day (if you have the time) to see everything! I recommend if you are in the DC area for a few days, come to this museum multiple times!
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly Kates-BellNovember 17, 2017
    One of my favorite places in the world. Everyone needs to visit this museum. It is well done and gives you an awesome experience in the history of America. The most beautiful museum in the world.
  • Jae W.
    Jae WatkinsSeptember 23, 2016
    This museum is well designed and a beautiful addition to the Smithsonian area of D.C.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonFebruary 26, 2017
    Great historical exhibits. Also, the cuisine in the restaurant serves yummy soul food.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BowmanApril 4, 2017
    Immersive, amazing experience. Be prepared to wait in line, but be prepared to learn something new. Will take multiple visits to see entire museum.
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelSeptember 30, 2016
    The basement levels follow a narrative structure of African-American history, while the upper levels are more short-stories on cultural impact
  • Mikala S.
    Mikala SJanuary 6
    Inside, it's set up a lot like the Newseum. For a skimming visit, plan a full day. For a thorough visit, you'll have to move to DC.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CapaccioApril 14, 2017
    Tons of information. American history lesson in context, possibly different from how you learned it. We need a second visit!
  • Jesse
    Jesse1 week ago
    Incredible museum and long overdue. Check for available tickets online the morning of (at 6 I think). It can get a bit crowded, so just be prepared for that. But still 100% worth going.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfJuly 11, 2017
    Incredibly heart wrenching overview of African American history so far, culminating in Obama's presidency. An absolute must for all Americans, old and new.
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah CollinsApril 19, 2017
    An amazing journey celebrating the cultural contributions of African Americans, as well as revealing the wretched history of slavery and the power and perseverance of black people over 7 centuries.
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RoyAugust 26, 2017
    The Museum is Awesome. This should be on everyone's Bucket List....Black People, White People....any race should visit and listen and learn with an open mind....very Humbling.
  • Danielle D.
    You really need the whole day, if not multiple days, to see it all. Admission is free, but depending on the day you will need to secure timed admission tickets, so be sure to check ahead.
  • Jeffery J.
    Jeffery JonesJune 25, 2017
    Great History here with a beautiful atmosphere. I highly recommend that you visit this place if you come to Washington DC.
  • Taj B.
    Taj BaileyAugust 11, 2017
    Great representation of African American history. Very detailed and covers a lot. Prepare to be there for 3-4 hrs.
  • Clay V.
    Clay VickersJanuary 6, 2017
    Bring comfortable shoes. You're going to want to explore and read and learn and experience for a long time.
  • Raven W.
    Raven Womack Sr.July 21, 2017
    One of, if not the greatest history museum ever. The culture is rich and the history will forever be American!
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeDecember 19, 2017
    For same day tickets, be on the website at 6:30am. They go quickly! Lovely museum but the not a fan of how they handle the crowds on the lower floors
  • Alpheus H.
    Alpheus HallJune 3, 2017
    Some exhibits were better than others. The overall experience is worth the trip. Our history is on full display and worth the recognition it deserves.
  • James J.
    James JenningsDecember 15, 2017
    Learn about history - educate yourself! Take your time and indulge yourself in this 5 senses environment
  • Christian B.
    Christian BorgesJuly 7, 2017
    Incredible experience. Don't plan to try to see it all in one day. Start from the ground floor, slowly work your way through. SO much to see.
  • Jasmine
    JasmineApril 16, 2017
    This will take all day. There's technically 6 floors: 3 above, 3 below ground level. Use the reflection room when the content gets too heavy in the lower floors.
  • Sue A.
    Sue ApfelbaumDecember 29, 2017
    this is the museum America needs. this is our holocaust, spanning centuries. our nation was built by slaves and this place honors the sacrifices of millions & achievements of individuals magnificently
  • Boon K.
    Boon KohJuly 17, 2017
    Same-day tickets available online at 6:30am every day! And if you miss those, wait on the website till 6:50am where some more might be available.
  • Got K.
    Got KnotJuly 17
    Plan ahead get your free tix. Take an entire day this visit is WORTH it. Take the kids and share with them America’s REAL history!!
  • Ann O.
    Ann OsipovaJune 2, 2017
    Awesome! It was so exciting to have a look at all those things owned by my favorite artists.
  • Marcella H.
    Marcella HayesDecember 20, 2016
    Be prepared for the crowd and don't expect to see everything in one day. There's too to see. Plan to come back for a second or third visit to take it all in!
  • Roderick S.
    Roderick ShaversJuly 21, 2017
    Amazing quality and in-depth look at the history of the African America culture from 1400-present. The attention to detail is astounding.
  • Maura P.
    Maura PuscheckNovember 18, 2016
    The best museum. You'll want to spend at least one whole day there and get there early!
  • Brian T.
    I clicked the Foursquare like button really hard! Incredible experience spanning the history of African Americans from slavery through to the achievements of modern day culture.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 30, 2017
    Absolutely staggering amount of content at this cultural museum. Start in the bottom basement, make your way back to Ground. Then go to floor 4, then back to the ground.
  • Vegletta L.
    Vegletta Lewis CookMarch 20, 2017
    You cannot visit all to see here in one day. You need at least a week. I didn't want to leave. So much to learn and absorb.
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