Washington D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opened this past Saturday–and sold out tickets for the rest of the year that very same day.
That’s gotta be a record.
The museum’s long-awaited opening was attended by the nation’s best & brightest, including President Obama and his family, as well as thousands of others who gathered to hear the President’s dedication. In his speech, Obama promised that the new museum would tell a story of “suffering and delight, one of fear, but also of hope, of wandering in the wilderness, and then seeing, out on the horizon, a glimmer of the Promised Land.”
President Obama hopes the museum and its exhibits will represent the many rich layers of the black experience in America, and give context to problems the nation struggles with today.
“Hopefully,” he said, “this museum can help us talk to each other, and more importantly listen to each other, and most importantly see each other.”
The museum’s exhibits will delve into cultural development of African American art, music, and other traditions, as well as historical periods of slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights museum. Currently, the museum has over 37,000 objects and artifacts.
Although the museum has already sold out its presale tickets, you’re not necessarily out of luck until January! A limited number of free, timed, same-day tickets will be handed out every morning at 9:15–so if you can get there in time, you can get to see the museum for free!