A People's Journey: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

The National Museum of African American History opened on September 24, 2016. The idea originated in the early 20th century, but official legislation approving the museum did not pass until 2003. The opening ceremony was attended by prominent members of the African-American community including President Obama, Stevie Wonder and congressman John Lewis.

The museum holds over 37,000 interesting and inspirational artifacts that provide powerful insight into the story of the African-American people.

What’s on at the African American History & Culture Museum

There are collections and exhibits on display from nearly every era of American history, including a bible owned by Nat Turner, a cane used by Frederick Douglass and a bucket that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to soak his feet after marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. There are also original newspaper stories, videos, and documents from the beginnings of American slavery in the 18th century through to the music and literature of present-day America.

Getting tickets to the African American History & Culture Museum

Due to high demand, visitors must secure a ticket to the museum for admission. You can get an advance pass, which guarantees you access on a certain date, or you can line up outside the museum to receive a same day pass. Same day passes are distributed each day beginning at 9:15 AM on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently, advance passes are sold out through March 2017 – check the museum’s website for more information about when they will be available again.

Finding a hotel near the African American History & Culture Museum

If you’re planning a trip to D.C. to visit the newest Smithsonian museum, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an ideal choice for accommodations. With easy access to D.C., a complimentary shuttle to the metro, and free hot breakfast, there’s no better place than the Holiday Inn to rest and relax after a long day in the District.

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