The newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has been open for more than three years but this week was my first visit. Until recently, visitors on most days needed advanced passes due to the crowds. Which made my habit of just dropping in harder.

Anyway, here are a few of my photos from a very short, less than two hour visit. Click each to see the larger version. More images are in this gallery and I’ll be adding more when I return soon to explore this impressive space and collection in more depth.

Lincoln Memorial

From the top level, you get a wonderful view of the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

Gift Shop

Again from the top level, a birds-eye view of the museum gift shop.

Chuck Berry's Caddy

In the culture section we find a Cadillac owned by Chuck Berry.


These kids were entranced with an interactive story of the Green Book in the Jim Crow south of the 40’s, 50’s, and into the 60’s. Although I’m not sure “entranced” is necessarily the appropriate term.