The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture.  The museum helps all Americans see how their stories, and their cultures, are shaped and informed by global influences. It explores what it means to be an American and shares how American values like resilience, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington, D.C. to engage new audiences by working with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

To date, the Museum has collected more than 40,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

What to expect:

NMAAHC provides an opportunity for you to explore and revel in African American culture while learning about its reverberations throughout history through interactive exhibitions.


We will be traveling by executive bus for this field trip. The bus leaves from the Easton Fire Dept at 8:30 am sharp.  It is advisable to get there by 8:15 in case the driver is there early so you can get your choice of seat.  If there is a need, we can pick participants up at the Stevensville Park and Ride (109 Thompson Creek Rd). 

  • The Sweet Home Café at the museum is currently open daily, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm during regular museum hours. Outside food is not permitted. 
  • The Museum Store is open from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. 

Guests of the museum are encouraged to limit the number of personal belongings and bags in order to increase speed through the security checkpoints.  There is no coat or bag storage available in the facility.

Touring the History Galleries in their entirety takes approximately 2 hours, and requires about 1 mile of walking.

Maps of the facility can be obtained here:

FIELD TRIP by executive bus | Friday | February 16 | 8:30 am – 5 pm | $65

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