A message from Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
All Smithsonian museums in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and New York City, including the National Zoo, will be temporarily closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis.
The health and safety of our visitors and staff are a top priority, and we are monitoring the guidance of local public health officials and the CDC.
Welcome to the National Museum of African Art
At the National Museum of African Art we inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except December 25.
Admission is free.
The winners of the Power of the Griot Poetry contest are Anselm Jesusemen (elementary school), Etianna Prophete (middle school), and Tay Jones (high school).
At the National Museum of African Art we are committed to increasing diversity across the museum and all disciplines. Equally essential, we are cognizant of the need to recruit, employ and empower more curators and artists who represent diverse fields and backgrounds. While our collections and exhibitions represent a rich diversity of thought, artists and scholarship, we recognize that we must continue to increase diversity within the museum and drive inclusive behavior among all Smithsonian staff.
As a federal entity, established policies and processes exist to review employee complaints as well as other human resources matters. Museum directors and supervisors at all levels receive mandatory federal training and must abide by government-wide federal regulations. At the Smithsonian, we not only adhere to these rules but fairness and equity are core to our culture, mission and who we are as a leader in the museum field.