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What you need to know about the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum Of African American History And Culture is officially open to the public. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., it's the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonion Instituation, and the first museum of its kind.

The opening ceremony included moving speeches from Congressman John Lewis, former President George W. Bush, and President Barack Obama. Oh, and there were tons of notable celebs in attendance as well.

Here's some fun facts to know about the legendary museum.

  • The idea for the museum has been in the works for over 100 years. In 1915, when a group of black Civil War vets wanted something dedicated to black service members. After many ups and downs, it finally came to fruition when former Prez George W. Bush signed the bill in 2003 to create the museum.
  • The museum is 400,000 square feet and sits on the National Mall, across from the Washington Monument, right in the heart of the nation's capital.
  • It houses 12 inaugural exhibits based on three main themes: history, community, and culture. It's open to the public 364 days a year, every day except for Christmas Day.
  • Due to the museum's powerful and emotional exhibits, there are several quiet spaces meant for reflection. In the center, there is also an auditorium where talks and symposiums will take place.
  • The museum displays over 3,000 artifacts, many of which were donated by citizens eager to share their experiences and history.

Tickets are already sold out through October, but you can grab timed passes that are offered to the general public for self-guided tours for the following months.

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What you need to know about the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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