The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in 2003. The museum’s building, designed by David Adjaye, is currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Early efforts to establish a federally owned museum featuring African American history and culture can be traced to 1915, although the modern push for such an organization did not begin until the 1970s. After years of little success, a much more serious legislative push began in 1988 that led to authorization of the museum in 2003. A site was selected in 2006, and a museum design approved in 2009. President Barack Obama helped break ground for the building on February 22, 2012. First concrete was poured in November 2012, and construction was to be complete in April 2016.
Smithsonian officials have announced that the museum will open on September 24, 2016.
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Architecture firm: Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup
Director: Lonnie Bunch
Architects: David Adjaye, Philip Freelon, J. Max Bond, Jr.