A Fresh Per­spec­tive

Where Washington - - CONTENTS - BY JEAN LAWLOR CO­HEN

From its show­stop­ping de­sign to its poignant col­lec­tion, Smith­so­nian’s new­est site of­fers lots of rea­sons to visit now.

The Smith­so­nian’s African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture Mu­seum opened Septem­ber 24 with a rib­bon cut­ting by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. Whether seated with VIPs be­side the daz­zling struc­ture or gath­ered on the grounds of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, thou­sands cel­e­brated the re­al­iza­tion of a long-held vi­sion. As the in­sti­tu­tion’s new­est ad­di­tion, the mu­seum is nat­u­rally a must-see. But there are even more rea­sons to visit this im­por­tant col­lec­tion.

African Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture Mu­seum

Fa­cade with its “corona”

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