About the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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 charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Directions to the NMAAHC

These programs are at capacity and have been removed from the registration form.

Passes Available

The NMAAHC has generously made a limited number of passes available for NHD students and families.

Program Available

The Great NMAAHC Topic Hunt
NHD students and chaperones are invited to join the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to prepare for the 2020 contest year. Search the galleries for potential project topics on individuals, groups, and events that broke barriers in history. NHD students and chaperones will compete in small teams (2 - 4 people) based upon their competition division (junior, senior, or chaperone) during this program. This program includes entry to the museum for this day, so participants can stay to explore once the program concludes. Note: there is no re-entry to the museum once you exit. This program is for both Junior and Senior Division students. It has a capacity of 75 participants.

Time Available
FULLWednesday, June 12, 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Open Admission for Small Groups
In June 2019, NMAAHC will open at 1 p.m. to allow groups of nine or fewer to enter the museum without a pass. Please note that this is subject to change and the museum may reach a maximum capacity and need to change this plan.