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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

This museum is interesting, but I wouldn’t say it is worth the visit, compared to the other museums in DC. The museum is always empty, the staff can be hit or miss and the art isn’t all that great. Sure, some of the special exhibits...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

This exhibit contains some wonderful exhibits. We spent around two hours going through the different rooms. I would also recommend that everyone glances through at the children’s room because some of the things such as different types of dolls & outfits were really neat.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 5, 2019

This museum is well done and offers an impressive collection of historical artificats from across Africa. This is a world class museum with FREE admission as a part of the Smithsonian network. It does take some effort to locate the entrance as it just off...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

We hadn't plan on visiting this museum but stopped off while walking from the International Spy museum to the Natural History museum. So glad we did. Having lived in Nigeria, the subject held interest for us. It is a smaller museum but they have some...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

We enjoy this museum for its multi cultural display of the African tribes. You will view old as well as current art pieces in basketry, bronzes, wood sculptures, fabric and some contemporary works. Again this and the Smithsonian Museum offer free admission to their museums....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

I was impressed how easy it was to get what they called timed passes online. We caught an Uber...parking a little difficult. All I can say is impressive from the start to finish. Free wheel chairs if you need one. Educational for all ages. Will...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

I came here during Easter weekend with a friend from out of town and stumbled upon their new ironsmithing exhibit, which I later saw featured on NPR. There's also an exhibit on gold jewelry which was gorgeous. It wasn't crowded and I felt like I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

This museum which is located on the National Mall is only a few steps from the Freer /Sackler museum. So it is convenient to see both of these Smithsonian museums in the same day. There is no cost of entry and there are guided tours...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank VAChuck
Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

We stumbled across this Smithsonian gallery by accident but what a find. It doesn’t look like a large building but there is stacks to see because of the underground floors. I don't know much about African art but what I saw has made me a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank gfsc5
Reviewed April 10, 2019

no lines to get into this museum versus the other more popular museums. was worth an hour visit to browse and look at the African art on display here. its worth a quick stop. very few people were inside so you pretty much have it...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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tyronew973
January 12, 2017|
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Response from carolynk29 | 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
October 26, 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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