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National Museum of African Art

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects...

Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

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Beautiful museum with an excellent collection for newcomers to African art as well as experienced lovers. You can walk through quickly and get a good overview or linger and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful museum with an excellent collection for newcomers to African art as well as experienced lovers. You can walk through quickly and get a good overview or linger and review & enjoy in detail. Our kids liked it when they were young and we just went back as they are now teenagers and they still appreciated it a lot. Spent... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Directly across the Sackler Museum is this museum showing the work of African artists. Saw the exhibit called Market Symphony, a sound art installation: very interesting concept. A more permanent exhibit, called African Mosaic, shows the different indigenous materials (metals, beads, cowrie shells) used by African artists in their art.

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Thank Margaret C
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Amazing art displays. Lots of room for expansion of more exhibits. Has a lovely gift shop with one of a kind items made from African motifs. Books and other souvenirs are also available. The tribal dress and masks were of particular beauty and intrigue. There are carvings and sculptures made of wood and stone. I think I liked these and... More 

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Thank KCS1958
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

It is a good museum to visit. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC.The exhibits are beautiful.The varied objects include masks, dress, and art work.

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Hartstown
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The varied and eclectic objects include masks, dress, and art work. We were particularly intrigued by the many human figures that come from the African continent, and the decorations that are especially designed to be worn. Signage is good, and mentions the instances when art was appropriated without consent, too often called collecting. The sensitivity of today's art museums is... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I thought I would spend about an hour in this museum. . .Boy was I wrong!! I spent 3 to 4 hours. . .Lost total track of time!! The exhibits are beautiful!! I want to go back again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Oh my I love this place. Every time I come I fall in love with it all again.....there's always new exhibits to see. This is definitely a must see whenever you visit DC

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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Since getting into the African American Museum is impossible at the moment without advance tickets (they're sold out until April 2017), we chose to go to the African Art museum instead. It's just the right size and we spent three hours there. The displays are well described and well lit and the museum isn't crowded at all.

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

You should get tickets in advance or be there by 9.30 and see if they have available time slots left. Very crowded but manageable except the lower floor . That is limited entry, and one often has to stand in line for 30 minutes or more. Afternoons have shorter lines.So if one visits all the the floors, eat lunch, then... More 

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NW Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I visited the nation's capital to visit the new Smithsonian NMAAHC and for my free day, I went on a self guided tour exploring Black History in DC. I used the DC Trails Hop On, Hop Off Tour and went to the National Air and Space Museum, then walked down to the National Museum of African Art. It was small,... More 

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