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Washington, D.C. Sights

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

  • 950 Independence Ave. SW Map It

Updated 05/23/2014

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This unique underground building houses stunning galleries, a library, photographic archives, and educational facilities. The rotating exhibits illuminate African visual arts, including sculpture, textiles, photography, archaeology, and modern art. Long-term installations explore the sculpture of sub-Saharan Africa, the art of Benin, the pottery of Central Africa, the archaeology of the ancient Nubian city of Kerma, and artistry of everyday objects. The museum's educational

programs for both children and adults include films with contemporary perspectives on African life, storytelling programs, and festivals including Community Day. The hands-on workshops, such as traditional basket-weaving, bring Africa's oral and cultural traditions to life. Workshops and demonstrations by African and African-American artists offer a chance to meet and talk to practicing artists. The well-stocked museum shop sells collectibles, pottery, art, jewelry, books, and maps.

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950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20560, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 10–5:30

Updated 05/23/2014


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