It’s down season at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, so the Washington, D.C., museum is making it a bit easier to visit.
Although timed passes will still be required on weekends, patrons won’t need passes to visit the Black culture hub on weekdays from now until February, the museum reported on its website.
“Visitors may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. every Monday through Friday through February 2020,” the museum reported on its website.
Former President Barack Obama dedicated the museum, designed in large part by the late Black architect Phil Freelon as the latest addition to the Smithsonian, in September of 2016.
Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the museum, who has been involved with this important effort for over a decade, spoke with Susan Page of USA Today about the project in 2016.
She said then the museum would reflect the creativity of the African-American community, with touching, powerful and uplifting artifacts, ranging from Harriet Tubman’s hymnal and Nat Turner’s Bible, to quilts, Chuck Berry’s guitar and George Clinton’s “Mothership” from the funk group Parliament-Funkadelic.
And since its doors opened Sept. 24, 2016, attendees said they haven’t been disappointed.
“If you’d like to learn more about the Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Slavery, be sure to check out the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, where all five things comprise the very first exhibit visitors have to pass through,” Twitter user Osita Nwanevu said Friday.
A Twitter user who goes by Kaelyn online had this to say:
“Today I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This is my favorite Smithsonian Museum. Every time I visit I learn something new and I’m filled with so much pride and gratitude to my ancestors! #HUTravelSoBlack”