A Look Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture

It’s been a long time coming.

The soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is seen Sept. 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The museum was established by an act of Congress in 2003. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture.
The soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is seen Sept. 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The museum was established by an act of Congress in 2003. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The day has finally come for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture to open.

On Sept. 24, the doors to the museum will open to the public. A few of our staff members had the opportunity to visit the museum Thursday on its media day, and trust us, you will not be disappointed.

The museum includes 12 exhibits, starting from before slavery to the present day. Some parts are devastating, some moving and others breathtaking. All of it is a proud representation of our deep-rooted history and our incredibly admirable culture.

It features personal items of some of the most notable African Americans of all time, such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Gabby Douglas, as well as so much more.

Because of the highly anticipated crowds, tickets must be acquired before entry. They are now available for reservation on the museum’s website.

The day we have been preparing ourselves for is finally here. Be sure to take advantage, because you certainly won’t regret it.

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  • Ornate exterior walls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening to the public Sept. 24, 2016
    Ornate exterior walls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening to the public Sept. 24, 2016 Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Outside the Oprah Winfrey Theater inside the museum
    Outside the Oprah Winfrey Theater inside the museum Veronica Graves/The Root
  • “Portrait of an African” by Albrecht Dürer
    “Portrait of an African” by Albrecht Dürer Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Description of the trans-Atlantic slave trade
    Description of the trans-Atlantic slave trade Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Statue of Thomas Jefferson
    Statue of Thomas Jefferson Veronica Graves/The Root
  • A whip enclosed in a glass case under the quote, “After the weighing follow the whippings.” —Solomon Northup
    A whip enclosed in a glass case under the quote, “After the weighing follow the whippings.” —Solomon Northup Veronica Graves/The Root
  • “Ashley’s Sack,” a bag given to a young girl named Ashley by her mother before the girl was sold away
    “Ashley’s Sack,” a bag given to a young girl named Ashley by her mother before the girl was sold away Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Harriet Tubman’s lace shawl
    Harriet Tubman’s lace shawl Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Slave cabin
    Slave cabin Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Minstrel character
    Minstrel character Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Books written by Charles W. Chesnutt and Paul-Laurence Dunbar
    Books written by Charles W. Chesnutt and Paul-Laurence Dunbar Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Wooden knife and fork belonging to Harriet Tubman
    Wooden knife and fork belonging to Harriet Tubman Veronica Graves/The Root
  • A dress of Rosa Parks
    A dress of Rosa Parks Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Black Panther button
    Black Panther button Veronica Graves/The Root
  • After the march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. used this tub to soak his feet.
    After the march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. used this tub to soak his feet. Veronica Graves/The Root
  • A guard tower
    A guard tower Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Wooden Afro pick
    Wooden Afro pick Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Dress worn by Michelle Obama
    Dress worn by Michelle Obama Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Display of Ebony magazines
    Display of Ebony magazines Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Leotard belonging to Olympian Gabby Douglas
    Leotard belonging to Olympian Gabby Douglas Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Joe Louis’ boxing gloves
    Joe Louis’ boxing gloves Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Jackie Robinson’s bat and jersey
    Jackie Robinson’s bat and jersey Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Statues of Venus and Serena Williams
    Statues of Venus and Serena Williams Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey and the Wheaties cereal box on which he appeared
    Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey and the Wheaties cereal box on which he appeared Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Statue depicting iconic moment during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when U.S. runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists while on the medal stand
    Statue depicting iconic moment during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when U.S. runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists while on the medal stand Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Desks from the Hope School, which educated rural African-American children in Pomaria, S.C., in the early to mid-20th century
    Desks from the Hope School, which educated rural African-American children in Pomaria, S.C., in the early to mid-20th century Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Colin Powell’s military uniform
    Colin Powell’s military uniform Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Some African-American recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor
    Some African-American recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Pastor’s chair from the First African Methodist Church of Los Angeles
    Pastor’s chair from the First African Methodist Church of Los Angeles Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Rastafarian crown
    Rastafarian crown Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Door-knocker earrings
    Door-knocker earrings Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Sculpture made by Jefferson Pinder from wood salvaged from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural platform
    Sculpture made by Jefferson Pinder from wood salvaged from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural platform Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Jermaine Jackson’s costume from 1971
    Jermaine Jackson’s costume from 1971 Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Little Richard’s jacket
    Little Richard’s jacket Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Lena Horne’s earrings
    Lena Horne’s earrings Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Whitney Houston’s 1987 American Music Award
    Whitney Houston’s 1987 American Music Award Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Grand Wizzard Theodore’s turntables
    Grand Wizzard Theodore’s turntables Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Flavor Flav’s clock
    Flavor Flav’s clock Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Playbill for A Raisin in the Sun
    Playbill for A Raisin in the Sun Veronica Graves/The Root
  • Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
    Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Veronica Graves/The Root

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