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FEB 2017

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Courtesy High Museum of Art GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E N A T IO N A L M U S E U M O F A F R IC A N A M E R IC A N H I S T OR Y A N D C U L T U R E W A S H I N G T O N The latest addition to the National Mall in Washington is a cultural institution, a work of architectural art and a smash hit. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September and drew more than 730,000 visitors in the 14 weeks it was open last year. To visit, guests must have timed-entry passes, which have been selling out months in advance, but the effort to get one is well worth it. The building's exterior is covered in a gleaming, bronze-colored architectural scrim. Inside, the Smithsonian Institution museum features nearly 37,000 artifacts, documents and photos that explore African-American life, history and culture. Exhibits include "Slavery," "Segregation," "Civil Rights," "American South," "American West," "Education," "Family," "Military," "Music," "Literature" and "Photography." Some of the most stunning pieces include Harriet Tubman's personal hymnal, Louis Armstrong's trumpet and a dress sewn by Rosa Parks. N M A A H C . S I . E D U STUNNING ARCHITECTURE AND COMPELLING EXHIBITS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN WASHINGTON By Alan Karchmer, courtesy NMAAHC

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