The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. The Museum now owns close to 37,000 objects thanks to institutional support and the generosity of our many donors.
Attend the NMAAHC’s Opening Ceremony with us!
11:30 am to 12:00 noon NCBW Group Will Be Given a Special Tour
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the public witnesses the outdoor Dedication Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the afternoon, the museum officially opens to the public. Tickets are not required for the public to view the outdoor Dedication Ceremony. Extensive large-screen viewing areas are well-positioned for crowds during the Dedication Ceremony. The Museum officially opens to the public at 1pm, following the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The museum will keep its doors open for extended hours Sunday, September 25, from 10 am to 10pm.
Grand Opening celebrations proceed rain or shine. Please give consideration to the possibility of inclement weather while attending the dedication and festival on Grand Opening Weekend. Check local forecasts before traveling. If you are within the museum security perimeter during the Dedication Ceremony on the morning of Saturday, September 24, be aware that in the event of rain, umbrellas are not permitted. Bring ponchos or raincoats. If planning to attend the Freedom Sounds festival only, or visit the museum building after its public opening, umbrellas are permitted.
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