The big day is almost here! President Barack Obama and other dignitaries will dedicate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at an outdoor ceremony Sept. 24 beginning at 9am. The public is invited to gather on the Washington Monument grounds across the street from the museum to witness the ceremony on Jumbotrons and enjoy a three-day festival. Admission to the museum is free, but you must have a timed pass to enter—for opening day and beyond.

The museum will be open to the public 1pm-5pm Sept. 24th. The museum will be open for extended hours Sunday, Sept. 25th (10am-10pm). The passes will be available online at in the coming days. A limited number of passes will be available each day for walk-in visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the website for updates, or join our Facebook event group: About (via The NMAAHC):

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. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum.

When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The NMAAHC is a public institution open to all, where anyone is welcome to participate, collaborate, and learn more about African American history and culture. In the words of Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the NMAAHC, “there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history.”

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