Greetings from the Education Team of the National Museum of African American History and Culture!!
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.
We are excited to share objects, stories, and resources that tell American history through the African American lens! Our Learning Lab collections provide ways to explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history by utilizing objects, documents, imagery, and videos to enhance content knowledge, hone historical thinking skills and inspire users to see themselves as agents of change.
If you use our Learning Labs, feel free to send us any thoughts or feedback you may have.
About Us: Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it was the culmination of decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. The mission of the Museum rests upon four pillars:
- It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions
- It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences
- It explores what it means to be an American and share 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 and to work with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.
National History DayShow All 5 Collections
The NHD at NMAAHC Collection Connection Grid series are an assortment of selected documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience in relation to the NHD theme. Use these items as inspiration for a project topic, or use the items to help expand your research on a topic you have already selected. This series is designed to be self-guided by students and educators participating in National History Day.
NHD at NMAAHC 2018 - Conflict and Compromise in History: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way
Visual ArtsShow All 16 Collections
Did you know that NMAAHC has a visual arts collection?
At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we believe that art engages in a conversation with history while acting as a visual expression of contemporary thoughts and ideas. Through close reading of art works and contextual analysis, our arts resources seek to explore the links between history and art while celebrating the contribution of African Americans to the American art canon.
The essential questions of our arts education philosophy are:
1. What is visual art’s connection to historical events? Why is it important that we recognize these connections?
2. How do contemporary events shape artists’ responses in their art making?
3. What does studying art add to our understanding of historical events and time periods?
4. How can we incorporate the new concepts and ways of thinking we learn from studying visual art into our understanding and interpretation of history?
STEM ExperimentsShow All 5 Collections
This series of STEM Learning collections explores scientific concepts through hands-on experiments.
Historical InquiriesShow All 17 Collections
Historical thinking skills allow historians to better practice and interpret history. This series teaches students how to develop these skills to become better historians themselves.