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National Museum of African Art

1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
+1 202-633-4600
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“below ground” (5 reviews)
“bill cosby” (4 reviews)
“gift shop” (14 reviews)
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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the first time we have visited this museum. Like the Freer and Sackler, this museum is below ground. This museum offers the opportunity to see the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States. They have over 12,000 items representing...More

Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

And you probably can't as the African American Museum is the hottest ticket in Washington. But this museum is a great art museum featuring art from all over Africa. Not to be missed

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

It's true this museum is smaller than many others. If you have never been to Africa, it may seem like a bunch of random artifacts put together without logic. However, for those who have traveled around, it is very interesting to see sculptures, costumes, themes,...More

Thank TroisChatsLies
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

For a smithsonian it has a very poor collection. It's not just the collection that's poor either the signage is bad, the design of the building is bad, the map is bad. Clearly this area needs some new leadership.

Thank jess290718
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

I always stop here when in Washington. Not only are there excellent examples of tribal art, but also art my Contemporary African artists. I always marvel on what is on display.

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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I had some time to kill in DC after attending a conference, so decided to pop in this smaller Smithsonian museum. The museum was cool, quiet, and relatively empty (in terms of visitors). I spent just under two hours here and really enjoyed my time....More

Thank Abbie C
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Very well executed museum that does an excellent job of delivering the right message. One cannot absorb all the rich content in a single visit. On our first visit we spent too much time on the upper floors and should have spent more time in...More

Thank Andy L
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Not a huge museum but a great one. I saw the Bill Cosby Collection which he had lent -- fabulous. It is a beautiful space and the collections are always top tier.

Thank HonestMcHonest
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

This unique museum provided insight on African Art and Culture. Items of woodwork and carvings, glass beads woven into colorful patterns, all with special meaning. Displays were representing, healing arts, water, senses in time, truly fabulous experience.

Thank Adora L
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

If you haven't gone, plan to go. On the release date for tickets I was glued to the website and got my tickets for one day. Oops...so much to see, read, process you need more than one day. Love the structure, inside and out, of...More

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Tyrone W
12 January 2017|
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Response from Carolyn K | Reviewed this property |
The museum is on the National Mall. There are many hotels in Northwest DC that aren't terribly far from the Mall. I suggest you search for hotels on this site and locate them on the map in relation to the National Mall. You... More
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Ashanti S
26 October 2016|
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Response from Elaine W | Reviewed this property |
There's no time date pass necessary at this museum. However there may be a wait time at the new Museum of African American Culture and history
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