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National Museum of African Art

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: +1 202-633-4600

Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects...

Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

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Love the different exhibits

Oh my I love this place. Every time I come I fall in love with it all again.....there's always new exhibits to see. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oh my I love this place. Every time I come I fall in love with it all again.....there's always new exhibits to see. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC

Thank lovablenun24
Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since getting into the African American Museum is impossible at the moment without advance tickets (they're sold out until April 2017), we chose to go to the African Art museum instead. It's just the right size and we spent three hours there. The displays are well described and well lit and the museum isn't crowded at all.

Thank Cathy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You should get tickets in advance or be there by 9.30 and see if they have available time slots left. Very crowded but manageable except the lower floor . That is limited entry, and one often has to stand in line for 30 minutes or more. Afternoons have shorter lines.So if one visits all the the floors, eat lunch, then... More 

Thank welshpembrokecorgi
NW Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I visited the nation's capital to visit the new Smithsonian NMAAHC and for my free day, I went on a self guided tour exploring Black History in DC. I used the DC Trails Hop On, Hop Off Tour and went to the National Air and Space Museum, then walked down to the National Museum of African Art. It was small,... More 

Thank FrugaliciousDiva
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Not to be missed for any reason. It gives American history a true narrative. Compelling and thought provoking. You will come out with a new perspective " to what is an American."

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Riverside, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental gave us 2 tickets to go to the museum. It was during the 1st week it was open so we were luckey to score tickets. Amazing a must see!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Went and will be back!! So much to see and absolve Recommend all races and cultures visit and experience. They will learn we are all connected as one!!

Thank Elaine W
Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I enjoyed this museum quite a bit and it is somewhat hidden compared to the big, touristy museums. It is the expansion to a private collection originally housed in a townhouse where Frederick Douglass lived. Rather than going up and out, it goes three series underground and is connected to the Sackler gallery on the bottom floor. Just as with... More 

Thank Brandon K
Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This museum is a great little spot, though its exhibitions rotate and at the moment, its main exhibition hall is closed for renovations, and will house many of its unseen permanent collection. That said, there's an interesting exhibit on the theme of water in African art, and its permanent collection on display is very interesting. One can also access the... More 

Thank Decoamie
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Small museum, only took about an hour to see it all. What they did have was beautiful just wish there was more

Thank Belinda K

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