Bush signed legislation to establish a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. As a public-private partnership, the museum would receive half the funding from Congress and was responsible for raising the remaining $270 million through private philanthropic support.
How much did it cost to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture?
The 400,000-square-foot building is situated on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Total cost for construction and installation of exhibitions was $540 million, one-half funded by federal funds and the remainder by the Smithsonian.
Who runs the Smithsonian African American Museum?
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. He assumed his position June 16, 2019.
Who opened the National Museum of African American History?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on September 24, 2016 by President Barack Obama during a three day festival on the National Mall produced by Quincy Jones, a member of the museum’s advisory board.
How long did it take to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture?
Timeline: It took over 100 years for the African American Museum to become a reality.
What year did the African American museum open?
September 24, 2016
Why is the National Museum of African American History and Culture Important?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history.
What is the origin of African American Museums?
The first African American museum was the College Museum in Hampton, Virginia, established in 1868. Prior to 1950, there were about 30 museums devoted to African American culture and history in the United States.
Why is the African American Museum important?
It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences.
When was the National Museum of African American History and Culture built?