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Louis Armstrong's Selmer Trumpet; Paris, c. 1930

April 23, 2010

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment" is on view at the National Museum of American History from April 23 to Aug. 29, 2010.

The exhibition is the first to explore the rich history and the cultural significance of Harlem’s Apollo Theater. It features photographs and artifacts to trace the story of the theater from its origins in 1913 as a whites-only burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African American entertainment. This exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

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