2 NEW MUSEUMS

National Museum of African American History & Culture

WHAT IS A MUSEUM?

A museum is a place that collects and preserve the nation’s important heritage and legacy. Some museums have objects on public display, others may have private collections that are used by specialists’ researchers.

Many museums have a specific theme, such as the Arts, Science, History, Culture, and other topics. Public museums that host major exhibitions and interactive displays are also considered to be tourists’ attractions. 

Interior of the NMAAHC

There is also the emphasis on education, museums are now storehouses of knowledge. Modern museums collect, preserve, interpret, and display objects of artistic, cultural, scientific significance, for the study and education of the public. Many artefacts are cultural heritage and legacy for future generations.

The International Council of Museums definitions of a museum adopted in 2022, states: “A museum is a Not – For – Profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researchers, collects, conserves, interprets, and exhibits as tangible and intangible heritage.

Museum Interior

Open to the public, accessible, and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate ethically, professionally, and with the appreciation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection, and knowledge sharing.” 

Two great new museums in America, both similar in themes. One with an emphasis on origins in Africa, before and after going through the gate of no return. The other with a focus, exploring and documenting the life experiences, culture, and history in America.

Chuck Berry – Cherry Red Car.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is in Washington, D.C. The museum was opened in 2016, with a ceremony led by U.S. President Barack Obama. Containing over 40,000 objects and growing, the team document the History, Culture and Life of African descendants in America. The museum is open to the public free of charge. To avoid disappointment, book before you go.

Lonnie G. Bunch – Founding Director of the NMAAHC.

The major pillars on which the museum stands or the mission of the team:  

Providing the opportunity to explore African American cultures. To assist Americans and all interested people, to access history, cultures, and events that have shaped, informed the American realities, and also through global influences. 

“This Museum will tell the American story, through the lens of African American History and Culture. This is America’s story, and this museum is for all Americans.” Lonnie G. Bunch,111 – founding director, NMAAHC. www.nmaahc.si.edu

International African American Museum

THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

The International African American Museum is in Gadsden’s Wharf, Charleston, America. The location was the place for arriving Africans into the vast areas of America. The city of Charleston is designated a UNESCO historical ‘Routes of Enslaved Peoples’ site of memory.

The museum is home to 12 permanent exhibitions, 9 galleries, and one major exhibition gallery, that displays and rotates two or three exhibitions a year. There are also digital exhibitions, published on google arts and culture platform online.

International African American Museum

The collection of artifacts and memorabilia, contains the history and legacy of generations. A visitor can explore the diverse cultures, key moments and movements of African Americans interconnected with South Carolina. These galleries are organized in 12 chronological sections.    

There is also the history and cultures of West Africa, including tracing the footsteps and movement of African descendants into the American journeys. The galleries in the Atlantic Worlds, explores the themes of Resistance, Revolution, Immigration, The Middle Passage, and the deep connectivity between Africa, the Americas and Europe.

Interior of the IAA Museum

There is also a Faith Based Initiative program. Resources for the study and advancement of African American genealogy, and the centre for family history. ‘Awakening the Ancestors’ is a series of spiritual educational events, that celebrates the rich musical heritage of the Gullah Geechee community and its corridors.

The museum documents what it means to be an American, and how African American History and Culture are reflected in the core values of optimism, resilience, and spirituality of a people. The Museum symbolise a place of collaboration, working with a myriad of museums and educational institutions. www.iaamuseum.org. New Active!