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  • Writer's pictureJill

The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Part 1

What an extraordinary experience. This is a must visit museum if you are ever in D.C.

And here's a tip. We didn't reserve tickets in advance, and so intially thought that we would not be able to visit.

But...I researched and found out that there are day of tickets that become available at 8:15 a.m. So I got up early, and was on my computer and snagged tickets at exactly the time that we required.

The museum begins with a large open rotunda that allows the light to stream in, and makes the visitor feel giddy with possibility.

But as the tour commences, the museum simulates the experience of being transported in the hold of a slave ship by carrying visitors on a down escalator into the bowels of this extraordianry building, where light and space become scarce.

There are thousands of exhibits, artifacts, and experiences. Too many to really fully appreciate them all.

Thus, my apologies. This tour of the museum is simply a snap shot of the many, many, powerful, and moving visuals that tell the story of the African American experience.

Therefore, I decided to separate my museum tour into three distinct parts.

Part 2 and Part 3 next week.


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