National Museum of African American History and Culture

Happy Anniversary, National Museum of African American History and Culture!

We look back at some of the events that have take place in the National Museum of African American History and Culture's first year.

A year ago on September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian gained a new museum — the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since then, 2.5 million people have visited the museum. In honor of their historic opening, we look back at photographer Michael Barnes' favorite images from the year.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture Staff, June 01, 2016, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2016-05542.

Oprah Winfrey entering the celebration of the opening of the The National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 24, 2016, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2016-06116.

Collection Donor Preview at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 17, 2016, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2016-6825.

Chef Carla Hall and Museum Curator Joanne Hyppolite at the lunch counter in the National Museum of African American History, September 23, 2016, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2016-07021.

Preview Tour with John Legend, Jesse Williams, 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Robert Glasper, Brittany Packnett, in front of George Clinton's Mothership, National Museum of African American History, September 23, 2016, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2016-07136.

Member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop in the Music Hall, National Museum of African American History, February 6, 2017, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2017-00461

Sweet Home Cafe Featuring Guest Chef Carla Hall, Black History Month, February 17, 2017, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2017-01048.  

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens “More Than a Picture” Exhibit, May 5, 2017, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2017-02200.

NMAAHC – “Jazz Vespers: A Concert of Sacred Sounds: Featuring Cory Henry’s Revival,” April 22, 2017, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2017-02547.

“My Soul Looks Back: A Conversation with Jessica Harris,” Oprah Winfrey Theater, May 22, 2017, by Michael Barnes, Image # 2017-02872.

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