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Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Review

A pioneer in the community museum movement, this museum in a historically black neighborhood in Southeast Washington examines the impact of contemporary social issues on urban communities; including environment, urban life, and encounters with other cultures. The engaging exhibitions employ video, art, crafts, and photography, along with dynamic public programs including musical performances and storytellers. The museum's striking facade features traditional African design elements: brickwork patterns evoke West African kente cloth, the concrete cylinders reference the stone towers of Zimbabwe, and diamond patterned adornments resemble those found on the adobe houses of Mali. The museum is near the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1901 Fort Pl. SE, Anacostia, Washington, DC 20029 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/633–4820; 202/633–4844 tours
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 10–5
  • Website:
  • Metro Anacostia, then W2/W3 bus.
  • Location: Anacostia
Updated: 06-05-2013

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