When did The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. open?

When did The National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. open?




2016




Washington D.C. is the place to be to learn about history, and now there’s one more place for visitors to check out. It took 13 years of planning and preparation for the NMAAHC to become the latest addition to D.C.’s museums, opening on Sept. 24, 2016. The 400,000-square-foot building contains 36,000 artifacts spanning the entire history of African-American culture. Source: Smithsonian Magazine





The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003. The museum’s building, designed by David Adjaye, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. It has close to 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery, and segregation.

Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African-American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006. The museum opened September 24, 2016, in a ceremony led by U.S. President Barack Obama.