The excitement is building for our September 24 grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
Listed below is very important information we want to make you aware of if you plan to watch the 10am Dedication Ceremony from the public viewing area on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
Dedication Ceremony Public Viewing area, Washington Monument Grounds Entry gates located at Constitution Ave NW and 17th Street NW. Entry gates open at 7:00am. There will be security screening. There will be no seating, but you are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on.
The Dedication Ceremony will be streamed live. Visit our website,www.nmaahc.si.edu, for the URL weblink. Also, check your local television and cable channel listings.
Please be advised that because President Barack Obama will be speaking at the Dedication Ceremony, security and crowd control procedures will be strictly enforced.
PROHIBITED ITEMS AND STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION All visitors should read the list of Prohibited Items and street closureshttp://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/grand-opening-security-and-logisticsbeforehand. We strongly recommend taking public transportation or taxicabs. We do not advise driving into Washington, D.C., as there will be many street closures.
Mobility devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, cane with a stool, walkers, wheeled walkers (rollators) and the like will be allowed. If you require a wheelchair, we strongly suggest bringing your own. Please do not bring luggage, large backpacks or any large items. We strongly recommend only bringing small essential items (keys, cell phone) with you. There will be no coat or storage check at the festival or at the museum.