The Smithsonian Institution has opened the first national museum devoted exclusively to African-American life, art, history and culture.
The National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and features more than 35,000 paintings, journals, musical instruments, sports memorabilia and other artifacts.
The building itself is monumental in its own right. The facade is made of bronze panels that represent the ironwork of enslaved craftsmen. The overall shape of the 400,000-square-foot building is inspired by African art and symbolizes the uplifting of the African-American spirit.
Entry to the NMAAHC is free, but tickets are in high demand.