After 14 years of planning and 4 years of construction, The Smithsonian‘s long-awaited Museum Of African American History will finally open its doors on September 24th.
The 400,000 square foot, five-story building (with four levels below) is located on Constitution Ave, between 14th and 15th street in NW Washington DC, housing exhibition space, a theater and cafe, as well as an educational center. 11 inaugural exhibitions with 34,000 artifacts will open with the museum in September, including an airplane that was used to train the Tuskegee airmen, Nat Turner’s Bible, a shawl worn by Harriet Tubman and countless wonders of the music world, like J Dilla‘s MPC and Moog (gifted to him by Robert Moog himself) and a replica of P-Funk’s legendary mothership. The Smithsonian’s African American History Museum will open with President Obama cutting the ribbon, but will be an international affair, as a three-day festival is planned in honor of the museum in DC along with coinciding celebrations in museums across the country and in Africa. So save the date and book that trip, you simply won’t want to miss this.
For more information on the new addition’s exhibits and programming, hit the link below.