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National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Reviewed 10 April 2022

Every American needs to be aware of this history. It is not a fun nor even pleasant experience--but an important one. Our group represented three generations--and the exhibits facilitated a lot of important discussions. I recommend that this museum not be toured on same day as the Holocaust Museum! Take a break, think over what you have seen. . . See basement exhibits first.

Date of experience: April 2022
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Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

Looking forward to coming back to this spectacular museum packed with impressive exhibits, fascinating videos, varied displays, extensive history and cultural descriptions, ample seating, interactive displays, original and reproduction artifacts, gift shop, and cafe. Beware that online reservations are required and be ready to stand in long lines. The crowds are a concern during the pandemic but the experience made it worthwhile. You need patience to experience this world class museum. Once you get in, there are opportunities to get away from the crowds occasionally. The architecture of the building itself is especially noteworthy.

Date of experience: April 2022
1  Thank ChathamMass
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

Like other museums, this one takes you on a journey from the origination of slavery to modern day.
It is moving and thought provoking. There is plenty to celebrate as we see the course of time and how far we've come.

Date of experience: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

We learnt a lot from this really informative museum.
I liked how no nonsense the museum was in discussing slavery. There was no hiding the issues it dealt with them directly.
The 3 floors we visited detailed the history, lives and culture of African Americans. There were plenty of artefacts and interesting boards with loads of information on.
We were there for 3.5 hours (granted this included a coffee and cake!) and didn’t see the upstairs!
The cafe was pretty good and sells hot food (and has a cook book which tells you how to make all their nice food!) and really good cakes.

We got there about 5 minutes before opening. There was a bit of a queue but nothing compared to the queues we saw later. It is free to enter which is just amazing.

It was a great museum.

Date of experience: March 2022
Thank Lottelli
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Reviewed 29 March 2022

To truly take in everything more than one visit is necessary, but it is worth it. Most will leave with a feeling of appreciation for the courage of past ancestors and thankful that they made through oppression.

Date of experience: September 2021
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