The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) officially opened their doors to the public on September 24, 2016, sharing powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community. Since then they have received an overwhelming amount of requests that it took me roughly 8 months to snag a pair of passes.
I was already in love with the museum’s architect when I saw pictures surface on the internet but being able to roam inside gave another look at it’s art and creative flow. Before you explore the pictures, let’s get down to the basics.
Things to Know:
- You must have a Timed Pass to enter the Museum which may only be used once. Enter on the Constitution Ave side of the building.
- Public transportation is a lifesaver. Closest station: Smithsonian (Blue, Orange, or Silver metro line). Be sure to check out WMATA.com to get the most up-to-date information because there has been a lot of single tracking/delays lately.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- Waiting for the next batch of passes to be released? Don’t sweat it! Same-day, timed passes are available online only, beginning at 6:30 a.m. everyday.
- Wear comfortable shoes.The museum has 5 floors and you’ll most likely end up visiting the monuments or other museums nearby.
- Expect large crowds/groups. You’ll end up waiting in a small line just to take a picture of things.
- View the museum’s list of prohibited items prior to arriving. You will pass through a security screening.
- Wheelchairs are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Please plan to bring your own if possible.
- Download the NMAAHC Mobile app as a complement to your onsite Museum experience.
- Keepsakes are available at the Museum Shop and a variety of food choices at the Sweet Home Café.
Here’s a sneak peek look into the collection of consequential and life changing stories in African American history.
Last stop, one of Washington DC’s most beautiful scenic view located on the fourth floor. How many selfies can you spot?
Unable to plan a trip to Washington, D.C.? The NMAAHC offers an inside look at a variety of collections, exhibitions, stories, and more on their website. Their website is a museum in itself – well put together!
Who else waited anxiously to redeem timed passes to the NMAAHC?
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