Opening Weekend: National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Opening Weekend: National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opens Saturday.

Opening weekend events for the Smithsonian's National African American Museum of History and Culture are expected to attract tens of thousands to the District Sept. 23-25. Here’s your guide to all that’s happening.


Credit: Michael R. Barnes/Smithsonian Institution 


  • Opening weekend schedule

    Dedication ceremony |Saturday, Sept. 24
    The dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture is 10 a.m.; a gathering and musical selection at will precede the ceremony. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver remarks. Tickets are not required for the dedication ceremony. Viewing areas with large screens will be available to accommodate crowds.
     
    Museum opening | Saturday, Sept. 24
    The museum will open to the public at 1 p.m. Timed passes are required for museum entry. Same-day passes are not available. All of the passes for opening weekend have been distributed. The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday, Sept. 25
     
    Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration | Sept. 23–25
    Washington Monument grounds, entrances at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest and at 17th Street Southwest near Independence Avenue
     
    Highlights:
    • Living Colour, Public Enemy and The Roots perform Saturday, Sept. 24
    • Experience Unlimited (EU), Meshell Ndegeocello, and Angélique Kidjo perform Sunday, Sept. 25.

    Full program of events is available at the museum website.

    Quick links

     
    Museum website: https://nmaahc.si.edu
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