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National Museum of African Art

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National Museum of African Art

This museum’s entrance pavilion, designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, lies across the amazing Enid Haupt Garden from its twin, the Sackler. The primary focus of the collection, which opened in 1987, is ancient and contemporary work from sub-Saharan Africa. The museum offers a changing selection of "highlights", drawing viewers into different aspects of African art and—by extension—culture. At the time of writing, Artful Animals, Musical Instruments and African Cosmos: Stellar Arts were among the featured topics. Temporary shows present a wide variety of visual arts, including sculptures, textiles, ceramics and photos. Contemporary art surveys are also included in the museum’s roster.


Venue name: National Museum of African Art
Address: 950 Independence Avenue, SW
between 7th & 12th Streets
Washington, DC

Opening hours: 10am–5.30pm daily
Transport: Smithsonian Metro
Price: Admission free
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