This past Saturday I had the chance to attend the open house of the National Smithsonian African American Museum of History & Culture. It was so exciting to FINALLY walk through the doors of a museum that tells the story of American Americans.
On the day of the open house, attendees were greeted with refreshments in the lobby of the museum. There were some areas that still needed to be completed, but there's no doubt that the museum will be ready for the public on Saturday, September 24th.
I had read online that you should start on the bottom level, the concourse, and work your way to the top of the building. I didn't do that, but after viewing the concourse last, which takes us through African American history from 1400 - present, it makes sense. The concourse is broken down into three areas of our history, while the other floors explore faith, education, sports, art, entertainment, and a lot more (that I didn't get a chance to see). The concourse has enough information to be a museum on its own!
To be honest, when you visit for the first time, you will be overwhelmed. It is a lot to take in all at once. But more importantly, you will be proud of who you are as an African American. This museum is a reminder of our resilience, beauty, intelligence and influence.
If you want to check out all of the museum in one trip, expect to stay for a while! We were there for almost two hours and didn't see everything that was available to view. And make sure you wear comfortable shoes!
This is a museum for ALL to see. After all, African American history IS American history. Check out more pictures in the gallery below:
I can't wait to go back!
The Smithsonian African American Museum of History & Culture opens on Saturday, September 24th. Timed passes to visit the museum are now available. You can access them HERE.
The museum also features the Oprah Winfrey Theater and Sweet Home Cafe on the concourse level. Carla Hall is the consulting chef for the cafe.