Amazing Facts about National Museum of African-American History and Culture

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) located in the National Mall was established in December 2003 and opened in September 2016 by President Barack Obama. It has a collection of artifacts that showcases the history and culture of America through African American experience. The museum was designed by famous architects David Adjaye and Philip Freelon. Admission to the museum is absolutely free. In this open public institution, you can explore and learn about African American history and culture. NMAAHC has some amazing facts that one can’t dream of. Let’s have a look at these facts.

First Exhibition

The first exhibition of the museum was conducted in 2007 with the title ‘Let your motto be resistance’. It had a collection of portraits selected by Deborah Willis, a famous photographer and historian. The theme of the exhibition was resistance.


NMAAHC was designed by famous architects named Philip Freelon and David Adjaye, along with their architecture teams. Their designs were chosen as a part of the international competition conducted to design the NMAAHC building. This three-tiered building with bronze color looks like crowns used in the Yoruba art. The metallic color of the building, given as a tribute to enslaved men and women who crafted ironwork, added its beauty.


The shortfall of the fund was made up by the donations from major corporate sponsors and communities. Over 75% of donations came from the African American community. The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, Rhimes Family Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael Jordan, Robert L. Johnson, etc., includes some of the major donors of NMAAHC building.

Founding Director

In July 2005, Lonnie G. Bunch III was appointed as the founding director of NMAAHC. From then, as a part of the museum’s mission, he has been conducting exhibitions and public programs.

Collection of Museum

Since 1750, the museum houses a collection of nearly 37,000 objects and items for the display. Collections include various historical artifacts, photographs, documents, etc.

Sweet Home Cafe

Sweet Home Cafe located inside the NMAAHC building is a point of attraction that features foods from four different regions in the United States. It was first known as North Star Cafe.

11 Galleries

The NMAAHC houses 11 galleries named, Slavery and Freedom, Leveling the Playing Field, A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, Double Victory, Making a Way Out of No Way, Musical Crossroads, Power of Place, Visual Arts Gallery, Taking the Stage, Cultural Expressions, and Defining Freedom, Defending Freedom.

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