Explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Visit the National Musuem of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) -- part of the Smithsonian Institution of museums, education, and research -- from the comfort of your own home!  Check out some of the exhibitions and programs being offered online at no cost:Artifacts from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  See caption for artifact descriptions and links.

Left to right:  Black Power, Flight Into Egypt, Miniature Black Madonna, and Joseph Tramell's Freedom Papers


Exhibitions and Blog Articles:

Visit the home of James Baldwin, journey with those Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom, and study the paradoxes of liberty with Joseph Tramell's Freedom Papers.  Explore these stories and more with NHAAMC's Exhibitions and Blog Articles.


Open Access Collection:

Many of the museums rare and fascinating artifacts have been photographed and detailed for you to explore online.  Discover objects that reveal truths and stories of our history with the NHAACM and Smithsoneum's Open Access Collection.  Additionally, check out the new Google 3D Interactive collection, where you can view musem pieces in three-dimensions!


Slave Wrecks Project:

Follow international groups who dive deep into the ocean to explore slave ship wrecks that reconnect us with our history, culture, and ancestors.  Learn more about the Slave Wrecks Project and read about their recent uncovering of the Slave Ship Coltilda.  While you've got your diving gear on, check out these video documentaries from National Geographic on the Divers' Stories and their recent discovery of the Last American Slave Ship.


Seek your Ancestors:

Team up with research experts to reconnect with your ancestors through the Genealogy Research Sessions.  While you're at it, you can lend a hand and help others find their heritage -- aid researchers in transcribing Civil War era documents with the Freedmen's Bureau Records and Transcription Project.


Explore More:

Check out NMAAHC's upcoming virtual events, free to the public.  Visit the Learning Lab to find lessons and resources for teachers and students.  Join the Young Historians Institute, an online summer program for students to develop and practice their historical thinking skills.  Open up a conversation with Talking About Race, a series of guides and reflective questions to help you and your community understand and nagivate race.


American Art Museum and African American Art:

Sometimes words aren't enough.  With the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new online exhibit, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, you'll take a journey with prominent African Americans who utilized art to spark vital conversations around race, identity, and liberation.