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National Museum of African Art

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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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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Visited A Year Before Official Opening

Amazing art displays. Lots of room for expansion of more exhibits. Has a lovely gift shop with one of a kind items made from African motifs. Books and other souvenirs are also... read more

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing art displays. Lots of room for expansion of more exhibits. Has a lovely gift shop with one of a kind items made from African motifs. Books and other souvenirs are also available. The tribal dress and masks were of particular beauty and intrigue. There are carvings and sculptures made of wood and stone. I think I liked these and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a good museum to visit. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC.The exhibits are beautiful.The varied objects include masks, dress, and art work.

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Hartstown
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The varied and eclectic objects include masks, dress, and art work. We were particularly intrigued by the many human figures that come from the African continent, and the decorations that are especially designed to be worn. Signage is good, and mentions the instances when art was appropriated without consent, too often called collecting. The sensitivity of today's art museums is... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I thought I would spend about an hour in this museum. . .Boy was I wrong!! I spent 3 to 4 hours. . .Lost total track of time!! The exhibits are beautiful!! I want to go back again.

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Thank Carolyn K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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

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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

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.

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Thank Cathy B
Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

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 

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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 

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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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