National Museum Of African Art

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  • Address: 950 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560, United States, Washington D. C.
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2026334600
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Museums

National Museum of African Art is a picturesque gallery that is dedicated to the African arts and is famed all across the city. Basically it is a Smithsonian museum that showcasesa wide and extensive range of African art. There are many art pieces that are from the 19th-century and the artefacts and relics range from textiles to multimedia. So if you are a art lover then visiting this destination is a good idea.

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  • Take a bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 9TH ST SW eb.
  • Take the subway from Smithsonian Station.
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  • National Museum Of African Art Address: 950 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560, United States, Washington D. C.
  • National Museum Of African Art Contact Number: +1-2026334600
  • National Museum Of African Art Timing: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Time required to visit National Museum Of African Art: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 1.99% of people who visit Washington D. C. include National Museum Of African Art in their plan

  • 50% of people start their National Museum Of African Art visit around 11 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see National Museum Of African Art

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National Museum Of African Art Reviews & Ratings

  • Much larger than it looks from the outside, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art boasts 3 stories of African art. The artwork ranges from contemporary art to the pieces you see in all of the text books. I would recommend for fans of art whether you are interested specifically in African art or not. You'll see beautiful, thought-provoking pieces and learn something along the way. If African art is a passion, be sure to check out this museum as it has the best collection in the world. There was a lot of renovation taking place while we were there. I can't imagine how great it will be once finished. It was already a beautifully appointed museum, very well laid out with very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful... I love museums and this one has some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. It’s very sensory. With sounds and visuals the lighting all perfect. I could stay for hours. Not to mention the museums are free in DC, So that is a huge plus. It’s a place that keeps you interested at every turn. I took a few photos but there is much much more to see. If you are in the DC area I definitely suggest stopping by. Or dedicating at list one day of your trip to museum hop. The Smithsonian has a few different museums also a castle which is pretty cool as well! The museum was not crowded it’s a great place to take refuge on a hot day or a really cold day. They have bathrooms places to sit and usually a little cafe. Although food is not allowed in or around the exhibits.

  • A compilation of educational pieces of art. I enjoyed the journey through the various artistes eyes and vision. Visited the gift shop: the agent wasn't as friendly, no greeting as we came in. She barely spoke when we left. Items from around the world, can be found here a bit pricey, different, but nice.

  • This museum looks small from the outside but spans 3 more stories underground. It's filled with thematic art as well as historical collections. It is a wonderful adventure through different perspectives and artistic mediums.

  • It's smaller than the more popular Smithsonian museums at the National Mall, which is great for two reasons: no overcrowding and no need to hurry to see everything. The amount of exhibits is just right, so we didn't have art fatigue at the end of our visit. I particularly enjoyed the women-centered exhibitions - one on the talented female artists that are taking the continent by storm, and the other on the subject of gold and fashion in Senegal. The exhibits are pretty diverse, from Benin to Mozambique to Zambia. Just not sure if all African countries are represented. Admission is free, this being a Smithsonian. There is a small gift shop but no cafe or restaurant. The space might seem small from the ground-level entrance, but note that the exhibitions are at the underground floors. The lowest floor connects directly to the Asian Art Gallery (aka Arthur Sackler Gallery), another Smithsonian museum. Better signage is needed since we weren't aware that we had stepped foot in another museum after wandering around the lowest floor. If you have at least three hours, you can visit both museums in one go.

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