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National Museum of African American History and Culture Celebrates First Anniversary

September 21, 2017

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate the first anniversary of its opening Sept. 23–24 with performances, public programs and extended hours. 
 

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23–24

Both days

(Note: The museum will be open both days until 7:30 p.m. Same-day passes for inside the museum will be available in the late afternoon and evening as supply lasts.)

Outside—Museum grounds:

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Smithsonian horticulture staff will lead grounds tours and speak about the significance of the plantings on the museum grounds.

Indoor—Stage located in Heritage Hall on the ground level:

11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Capital Tap will perform and give lessons throughout the day, alternating with seated yoga.

History Galleries

All-Day Activities (both days)

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary 

Examining the ordinary objects in our galleries that become extraordinary because of the people who used them:

•     Shawl—Harriet Tubman
•     Tea cup—Ida B. Wells
•     Dress—Carlotta Walls LaNier
•     Bible—Nat Turner
•     Box—Bishop Richard Allen
•     Kettle—Peter Benson

Saturday, Sept. 23

Outdoor Stage:

10 a.m.: Majestic Knights Marching Band from Ballou High School

11:15 a.m.: Recess Break sponsored by Kaiser

Noon: GR!DC (Girls Rock DC)

1:15 p.m.: Recess Break sponsored by Kaiser

2 p.m.: KanKouran, West African dance company

2:45 p.m.: Recess Break sponsored by Kaiser

4 p.m.: Experience Unlimited, Go Go band

History Gallery

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Puppets in the Gallery by Schroeder Cherry: Ordinary to Extraordinary

Oprah Winfrey Theater

3 p.m.: Power! The Stokely Carmichael Story: One-man stage play (contains adult language)

Sunday, Sept. 24

Outdoor Stage:

11 a.m.: Recess Break sponsored by Kaiser

Noon: Batala, local Afro-Brazilian band

1 p.m.: Recess Break

2 p.m.: Christylez Bacon, hip-hop artist

2:45 p.m.: Recess Break sponsored by Kaiser

4 p.m.: Rochelle Rice, jazz vocalist

5:30 p.m.: Sweet Honey in the Rock, choral ensemble leading a community sing

History Galleries

1:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Stories by Diane Macklin—“Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Sweet Home Café

3 p.m.: Nolan Williams and NEWorks Productions, choral ensemble, inspirational music

Oprah Winfrey Theater

3 p.m.: Step Afrika, a traditional step-dance company

Museum and Washington Monument silhouetted against blue sky
Related Staff Bios: 
Related photos: 

National Museum of African American History and Culture: April 2016

Exterior of museum in early morning

Alan Karchmer

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 14, 2016.

Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

National Museum of African American History and Culture: April 2016

Courtyard with granite benches

Alan Karchmer

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American history and Culture, April 14, 2016.

Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

National Museum of African American History and Culture: April 2016 (Interior with Monument view )

The Washington Monument seen from the museum interior

Alan Karchmer

The Washington Monument as seen from the interior of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American history and Culture, April 13, 2016.

Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

National Museum of African American History and Culture: April 2016 (Interior)

Gallery interior looking up escalator

Alan Karchmer

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 14, 2016.

Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

National Museum of African American History and Culture: April 2016 (Twilight)

The museum with the Washington Monument

Alan Karchmer

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 13, 2016.

Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

National Museum of African American History and Culture: March 2016 (Corona Panels)

Architectural photo of corona panels

Alan Karchmer

The corona panels on the exterior of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History reflect the sunset, March 18, 2016.

Architectural photography by Alan Karchmer

NMAAHC: First Corona Panel

Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

The first of 3,600 bronze-colored “Corona” panels installed on April 14, 2015. The “Corona” is the three-tiered structure forming the exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Photo by Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution)

NMAAHC: March 2016 (Crocuses)

Museum exterior with crocuses, Washington monument

Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open to the public Sept. 24, photographed in March 2016.

Photo by Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

NMAAHC: March 2016 (Flowering tree)

Museum exterior with flowering tree in foreground

Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open to the public Sept. 24, photographed in March 2016.

Photo by Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

NMAAHC: March 2016 (Marble Reflection)

Museum exterior with reflecting pool

Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open to the public Sept. 24, photographed in March 2016.

Photo by Michael Barnes / Smithsonian Institution

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Remarks by Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.pdf36.71 KB
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