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NMAAHC Education

Smithsonian Staff

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:

  1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions
  2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences
  3. 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
  4. 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.

NMAAHC Education's collections



<p><strong>Everyone can make a difference. </strong>Explore objects that tell the many stories of activism within our Museum collection!  This collection is designed to spark conversations with children about activism and what children and adults can do to help make their communities, schools and the world better, more fair places for all people. </p><p><strong>Try this: </strong></p><ul><li><strong>Pick 1 object and 1 photograph that stand out to you. Then, talk about them!</strong> <ul><li>How was the object used to tell others about something important? </li><li>What is happening in the photo? How are the people working to make a difference in the world?</li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><strong>Try creating your own sign or button pin inspired by the ones you see in this collection!  Before you get started, think about this: </strong><ul><li>What's something you'd like to see change in your community? </li><li>Is there a problem that needs to be fixed?</li><li>Are there people who should be treated better?</li><li>Who or what is important to you?</li><li>What is your dream for the world?</li><li>What can YOU do to make a difference, fix a problem or help someone?</li></ul></li></ul>
NMAAHC Education