African American History Museum12 Jul 2017
I recently visited the African American History Museum located in Washington DC and I really enjoyed it so I thought I would write a short post about it. The first thing I noticed when I got there was the building. It actually looks really dark from the outside and the shape is quite different from the other buildings surrounding it but from the inside, it looks amazing. The walls are designed in patterns making the interior of the museum incredibly luminous. The museum has four floors each with a different theme related to African Americans and their contribution to America. I really loved the floor related to Culture because it included food, entertainment, art, clothes, and pop culture. I don’t think I people realize how much African Americans contribute to American pop culture. As someone who is not American, it was interesting to see. The second floor we went to was all about African American’s contributions to the military as well as a section on African Americans and the different religions they partake in.
The third floor has a gallery on ancestry and there was even a test center to test your exact ethnicity which I think is a really good idea. I think it’s important for African Americans to know where they come from regardless of whether or not they want to know about African culture or not I think it’s somewhat embedded in them. The last level has a cafe that serves African American soul food from all around the country, a section on the history of the racial divide in the US and a photo gallery.
Overall, I really recommend going to this museum if you are ever in DC even if you are not African American. It was really educational for me.