The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Explore the categories and images below to learn more about the museum’s objects, archives, and collections, and the many ways that they document the American experience. To find out further information, or to explore even more related content, contact the National Museum of African American History and Culture at NMAAHCinfo@si.edu, or search further on the main Collections Search Center page.