9 Incredible Museums That Celebrate Black History
Every February, we honor the struggles endured by African American artists, innovators, and civil rights leaders, while also celebrating their many accomplishments and contributions to the US. We’ve shared the books to read all month long, but nothing beats interacting with history in person. Today we’re sharing our favorite museums to visit and learn about black history — not just in February, but all year ’round.
1. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC: Passes to the newest Smithsonian museum are harder to get than Bieber tickets — seriously — but once you visit, you’ll see why. Not only are the museum exhibitions incredible, but every snack from their Sweet Home Cafe will have you begging for seconds. Plan your trip early, and plan to spend the whole day here. You’ll want to soak in every second.
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Now on view: #JacobLawrence's "The Migration Series", which chronicles in words and pictures the exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in the decades after the First World War. ➡️ This is your chance to see all 60 panels, shown for the first time in two decades on the West Coast! — #MigrationSeries #TheGreatMigration #SeattleArt #SeattleArtMuseum [🎨: "The Migration Series, Panel 3: From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north," 1940–1941, Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917–2000, casein tempera on hardboard 12 x 18 in., acquired 1942, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.]
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2. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA: Jacob Lawrence’s beautiful and touching series, “The Great Migration,” features paintings of African Americans journeying from the rural South to big cities in the North. Normally the series is split in two, between DC’s The Phillips Collection and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, but for the first time in 20 years, the Seattle Art Museum is reuniting the paintings. You won’t want to miss it.