National Museum of African American History and Culture

Location: 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20565
Phone: (844) 750-3012|

As the newest jewel in the Smithsonian Institution's crown, the National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. It 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 and opened to the public on September 24, 2016.

The museum has been extremely popular, making attendance a challenge. PLEASE NOTE the following information about accessing the museum and obtaining tickets:

  • DAILY ACCESS (as of Dec. 19, 2016):
    • The museum will no longer distribute same-day, in-person passes at 9:15 a.m. daily.
    • A limited number of walk-up passes will be available starting at 1 p.m. on weekdays.
    • No walk-up passes will be available on weekends due to high visitation.
    • Same-day, timed passes will be available only through the museum's website,, beginning at 6:30 a.m. daily.

    • Non-commercial group visits of 10 or more, including student groups, will now be available for scheduling up to one year in advance by visiting
    • On Jan. 4, 2017, NMAAHC will issue advance timed passes for April 2017. Advance timed passes will be available online starting at 9 a.m. by visiting or by calling 866-297-4020. Advance timed passes for May 2017 will be available starting Feb. 1, 2017



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