National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of African Art exhibits the finest examples of traditional and contemporary art from the entire continent of Africa. With works ranging in origin from Senegal to Sierra Leone, the museum seeks to inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide. It was founded by Warren M. Robbins, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, and was first located in a Capitol Hill townhouse that had been the home of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass.


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Archival Cubic Feet


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Private Funds Raised, Historical