Museum for African Art
Museum type :
Art Museum

Established in :

Holidays :

Visiting Hours :
Tues-Fri 10:30am-5:30pm Sat-Sun noon-6pm

Contact No :
(212) 966-1313

Location :
National Mall, , United States

Display Objects :

This museum would appeal greatly to anyone with an interest in African culture. The Museum is recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions and publisher of books devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary African art.

Description :

  • The museum's main entrance is situated off the gardens in front of the Smithsonian Castle on Independence Avenue Southwest.

  • Like the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the National Museum of African Art is an underground museum.

  • It connects directly to the Sackler Gallery via a subterranean passageway.

  • This site is often confused with the Museum for African Art in New York City.

  • In 1963, Robbins purchased half of a home at 316-18 A Street Northeast that had been the residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1871 to 1877.

  • When it opened in May 1964, it was the first museum in the United States dedicated to African art exclusively.

  • The Frederick Douglass Institute of Negro Arts and History was established in 1966.

  • In succeeding years, Robbins raised money to acquire the remaining half of the Douglass house, naming it the Museum of African Art.

  • As the collection grew, he purchased adjoining residences, with his museum ultimately including nine townhouses, 16 garages and two carriage houses.