Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“It’s like art work on the building!” my 7 year old said as we admired the filigree wrapping the outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. With a distinctive style and prominent location on the National Mall, D.C.’s newest museum uniquely stands out.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

After only one visit, we came away with these first impressions.

Begin on the lowest level, where the earliest African American interactions begin and proceed through narrow maze like galleries. We found the atmosphere crowded and very quiet. The higher we went in the building the more the crowd energy rose.

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When difficult displays come up, this sign is posted to warn parents or those with young children.

Warning Sign in African American History Museum

Warning Sign in African American History Museum

To see the whole museum, plan a full day visit. Since the museum is attempting to tell a story, the exhibits are best experienced one after the other. Unlike the other museums on the Mall, the individual exhibits aren’t designed to be seen alone. The museum experience is more like visiting the Holocaust Museum than the experience at other Smithsonian museums exhibits.

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