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National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004 USA

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“learn about the African American experience”

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. Construction of the NMAAHC building will begin on the Mall in 2012 and will be completed in 2015. Until then, we invite you to visit our gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.

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Reviewed by
Fallon Venable

  • 37 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
July 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

I don't know if it's because I'm American or a graphic designer, but the American flag exhibit made me cry. Actually, all of the exhibits made me cry. I love America, I love history, and I love the National Museum of American History. I will agree with Tatiana that it presents a very, well, selective view of history, but fortunately, there are a dozen other museums that will also make you cry! (Don't get me started on the Holocaust Museum!) Also, it rained pretty hard the day I visited this museum and I was able to purchase a stellar Wizard of Oz pair of socks for my cold feet.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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August 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

Really well-done Museum showcasing American history (albeit a very favorable impression of America, but hey, you're in the country!). I still find the Natural History museum to be more enjoyable, but both are necessary visits if you're in DC

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 772 Helpful
July 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

If this is the museum of American history, it's sorely lacking in a substantial Native American exhibit. I get that there's an incredible Native American museum in DC, but how can you talk about American History and leave out the plight of the Native Americans! The cafeteria is pretty good though.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Cullen Brown

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  • 100 Reviews
  • 126 Helpful
July 10, 2014

I really enjoyed this museum. It is one of those places that you could spend the whole day exploring. What's nice, too, is that it is much less crowded than the Museum of Natural History, and I would say that it has better exhibits, too.

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Reviewed by
Steven Yackel

  • 149 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
May 12, 2018
Rated 4.0

For this visit the National Museum of American History only gets four stars. I had not been here for many years because the last time I was here over seven years ago it was under renovations. It seems like it still is. There are many of the halls that are still under development and it seemed like a large part of it did not have as much as I remember.

The food and transportation halls were my favorite this time. I was impressed with the focus on food in our culture in the food exhibit and it was fun to see the products and chefs that we have grown up with during the last 30 to 40 years.

The American in Conflict exhibit was also very well done. There were some great features that really impacted some of the veterans that were in my group of people who visited the museum as well.

We only had about 2 1/2 hours so I know that I missed a number of important things like Kermit the Frog and the ruby slipper. This just gives me a reason to return again soon and see even more of the Smithsonian and hopefully get them back up to a 5-star rating.

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Reviewed by
Emily Gill

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  • 53 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 24, 2018
Rated 3.0

Cool to see the artifacts they have gathered, particularly the American flag exhibit. The layout is wonky to say the least. Many of the exhibits did not seem to have a lot to do with each other. (Ex. a section have Muppets, artifacts from the 1700s, and toys from the 1970s all together without a main theme of "Children's Items" or any sort of common thread.) As stated by other Roadtrippers users, there should be a significant section dedicated to Native Americans and there is not. The cafeteria, while expensive, actually had really good food. Overall, worth seeing but supplement with other museums to gain a full and unbiased understanding of American history.

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Reviewed by
Kerryfamily

  • 9 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 03, 2015
Rated 4.0

I've been a few times and the exhibits are excellent. Between now, summer 2015 and 2017 there are a lot of exhibits being redone so not as much is available to see.

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Reviewed by
Christin Calloway

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May 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

I love America and I love museums but I quickly got annoyed with the bus loads of disrespectful children and Tweens that file into this museum. Dragging each other across the floor, jumping, pushing, acting like the things that are displayed here aren't worth their attention, respect, and time. Be prepared for large groups.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia
20004 USA

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