Grand Opening: The National Museum of African American History and Culture NPR's coverage of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens to the public in September 2016.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in late September. Smithsonian staff expected it to be popular but didn't predict that visitors would be staying so long. Alan Karchmer/National Museum of African American History and Culture hide caption

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At African-American History Museum, Visitor 'Dwell Time' Is Off The Charts

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Portraits of George W. Davis (left) and Sgt. Stephen Johnson. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Aneita Gates, on behalf of her son, Kameron Gates, and all the Descendants of Captain William A. Prickitt hide caption

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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Aneita Gates, on behalf of her son, Kameron Gates, and all the Descendants of Captain William A. Prickitt

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

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Mae Reeves and her husband Joel pose with her hats at Mae's Millinery in Philadelphia, circa 1953. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr. hide caption

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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

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National Museum Of African American History Prepares For Grand Opening

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When it opens, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history and culture. Alan Karchmer for NMAAHC hide caption

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How An Architect Used Striking Design To Capture New Smithsonian's Meaning

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