Amazing museum that takes a look at a topic long ignored by Smithsonian museums. It is a great place for anyone to learn more about African American culture, history and significant people. This museum will affect everyone differently. To those of African American history, it will be a telling of a story known deeply and will be familiar. To a white person, or of another culture - it will educate and allow African Americans' struggle, culture and the societal impacts on/by African Americans. Be aware that this museum takes the majority of a day to go through. You will be directed downstairs, where you will go through three floors of history in the basement level. Then you can go up to the top floor and work your way down of the above ground structure. Lately, due to its young age the museum has been packed -- so get there early or try to reserve tickets ahead of time.
Simply AMAZING!!! My husband and I traveled from Detroit the day after Thanksgiving . I truly believe the thought process for putting this museum together was well organized. The construction and design and layout is beautiful. Wear comfortable shoes! Even though there are escalators, elevators and many places to sit, there is still lots of walking yet, well worth the experience. I could not get over the feeling i experienced as we began our journey through the mass amount of history exemplified of our culture. They not leave out one thing and "our" story is completely covered. Wonderful Job, Wonderful Experience!!
This museum is a beautiful collection of all the richness, strength, and tragedy in the history of the black experience in America. Although the history halls were very crowded, they were still spectacular and I wish I'd had several more hours to spend absorbing every detail! The culture hall was also wonderful. Be sure to get passes in advance or wake up early to get them on the day of your visit! Food in the cafeteria was also very good
Between my husband and I we've been to the museum three separate times. Each time we visited was a complete joy and revelation. There's entertainment and education to be had at every turn. The kids (7 and 9) also enjoyed the artifacts but preferred to go at a much quicker pace than we wanted -which is completely normal. Therefore, I suggest that families with elementary age kids get two sets of tickets, one set for going with them and another for going without. Our kids especially enjoyed he floor with the small house, Emmitt Till, and the Woolworth lunch counter. They probably would've liked the top floor even more but we didn't get that far with them until right before closing. Our two year old really enjoyed "stepping" with the life-sized screens and shadow boxes. Food is good and a little pricey unless you take into account that it's a museum. Leave behind the crowds, go during the weekday.
This is the most incredible museum. It's essential that the trip starts in the bottom, even if there's a wait. The line moves very fast and it's fun to people watch. I suggest taking a notebook because there's so much to learn. After the heavy stuff, get lunch at the restaurant before heading upstairs to the fun stuff, like pop music icons and interactive exhibits.