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National Museum of African Art

1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
+1 202-633-4600
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution that concentrates on crafts and objects from the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“below ground” (6 reviews)
“gift shop” (15 reviews)
“bill cosby” (4 reviews)
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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
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+1 202-633-4600
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"below ground"
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"gift shop"
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"bill cosby"
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"sub saharan"
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"video installations"
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"small collection"
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"excellent collection"
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"frederick douglass"
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"on display"
in 8 reviews
"the lower level"
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"couple of hours"
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"two hours"
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"tanks"
in 21 reviews
"jewelry"
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"sackler"
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"objects"
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"galleries"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In DC for a 5-day visit in June 2018, I decided to revisit this museum after about 10 years. It is as charming as ever - small, well done. Two special exhibitions drew my eye: art of the Swahili cultures, and a short independent film...More

Thank Elizabeth M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this is a beautiful museum, I've visted many times. Most, essentially all, of the exhibits are underground so the place is easily (and undeservedly) overlooked. The pieces are displayed with an awareness and respect that brings out the essence of the object and...More

Thank kaioatey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in the garden of the Smithsonian Castle lies this hidden gem of a museum. From the outside it looks rather small, but that is deceiving once you get inside and discover another world with tunnels that lead to large spaces demonstrating different aspects of...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Located behind the Smithsonian Castle is this hidden museum. Three levels below ground with some of the most stunning exhibits I have seen! Attached our only 10 of some of what I saw but add this on to your list!!

Thank David P
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

I was invited to a fundraising cocktail party here so I was limited to the access of the museum. But we were treated to a small area of exhibits. The museum is a tribe of art and history of African art.

Thank lollygal
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Satisfying collection of art. Interesting and educational. Reasonable prices in the gift shop. Glad I visited.

Thank alisone97
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Small museum, but with free admission. It’s across from the Asian art building. Small gift shop too.

Thank Devon B
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Tucked right next to the Smithsonian "castle" is the Museum of African Art. There were not many people there the Saturday we visited, so we had what was essentially a private tour with one of the curators.

Thank JeffP2
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

If you have any interest in African Art, the National Museum of African Art is the place to go. You will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is the first time we have visited this museum. Like the Freer and Sackler, this museum is below ground. This museum offers the opportunity to see the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States. They have over 12,000 items representing...More

Thank Maggi713
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Tyrone W
13 January 2017|
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Response from Carolyn K | 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
26 October 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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