Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Museum, "there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history."

Below, check out some of the theatrical highlights from inside the museum!

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Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Exterior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Exterior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Exterior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Exterior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Interior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Interior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Interior Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Interior at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Taking the Stage Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Taking the Stage Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Theater Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Theater Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Taking The Stage Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Broadening Broadway Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Breaking away from Blackface Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
“For Colored Girls� Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
James Baldwin Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Anerican Negro Theater Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Amira Baraka Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Urban Theater Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Negro Ensemble Company

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Theatrical Dance Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Broadway Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
August Wilson Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
August Wilson Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
August Wilson Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom�

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
“The Wiz� Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Black Hollywood Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Ava DuVernay Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
“Birth Of A Nation� Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
TV Pioneers Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Diahann Carroll, “Julia� Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Comics Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Comics Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Josephine Baker Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Musicial Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Chuck Berry’s Cadillac El Dorado

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Chuck Berry Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Marian Anderson Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Dizzy Gillespie and MiLes Davis Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Ella Fitzgerals and Billie Holiday Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Jazz Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Whitney Houston American Music Award Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Prince Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Michael Jackson Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Dionne Warwick Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Earth Wind and Fire Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Bootsy Collins Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Diana Ross Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Lena Horne Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Lena Horne Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Mothership Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
George Clinton Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Celia Cruz Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Rock & Roll Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Bo Diddley Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Chuck Berry Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Jackson 5 Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
EN VOGUE Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Michael Jackson, Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Hendrix, Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Musical Crossroads Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Billie Holiday Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Dizzy Gillespie Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Della Reese Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Tiger Woods Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Arthur Ashe Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Muhammad Ali Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Muhammad Ali Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Muhammad Ali Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
The Oprah Winfrey Theater

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Venus Williams and Serena Williams Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
James Baldwin Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
Jay-Z Exhibit

Photo Coverage: Theatrical Highlights At The National Museum of African American History
“Obama Out� Exhibit

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