National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, D.C.

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SM&W Contribution

 

Recent Award:

AIA New York 2018 Design Awards Recipient | Best in Competition

 
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the 19th Smithsonian museum and the last to be constructed on the National Mall. SM&W has been involved since the inception of the project in 2008, when we assisted in the development of the program of requirements for the facility.

In addition to the exhibition halls, the museum will house an auditorium, a café, offices and an education center. Currently, the museum’s 15,000 artifacts are on exhibit at the National Museum of American History; an estimated 35,000 artifacts will be added to the collection to create permanent galleries at the new museum. The Smithsonian will use the museum to highlight the dark corners of American History and to promote diversity through African American culture and history.

Four architecture firms worked to create the distinct bronze “corona” design that was inspired by African-American metal work. It has been designed to achieve a LEED Gold certification.

Additional Awards & Press:
2017 American Alliance of Museums Honors National Museum of African American History and Culture With Chair’s Leadership Award

Read more about The National Museum of African American History and Culture in this NYTimes article

 

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On a late summer day in 1963, 200,000 Americans made the Washington Monument the compass needle for a new direction in history, up and forward, when they gathered at its base, then marched a mile or so on to hear the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach — sing, really — a sermon on racism and a dream of change.

On an early autumn day this Saturday, just yards from the monument, the compass itself will, symbolically speaking, become fully visible, when the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens to the public. To paraphrase the preacher: It’s here at last, here at last. And it’s more than just impressive. It’s a data-packed, engrossing, mood-swinging must-see.

—New York Times

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