National Museum of African Art

Title

National Museum of African Art

Description

In 1979, the National Museum of African Art became part of the Smithsonian Institution and opened on the Mall in 1987. Warren M. Robbins founded the Museum in the Frederick Douglass House in Washington, DC and collected over 8,000 pieces of African sculpture, costume, instruments, and jewelry. These collections were moved to the Mall, and the NMAfA became the first museum in the United States to include in its mission a sustained focus on modern and contemporary African art. The building is designed in a post-modern architectural style with most of its exhibition space residing underground.

Source

Flickr User Cliff via Wikimedia Commons. View original.

Date

1964 (Museum founded)
1987 (Building opened)

Coverage

Physical Description

This post-modern building appears smaller than a city block from the outside, with large galleries stretching out underground.

Description

In 1979, the National Museum of African Art became part of the Smithsonian Institution and opened on the Mall in 1987. Warren M. Robbins founded the Museum in the Frederick Douglass House in Washington, DC and collected over 8,000 pieces of African sculpture, costume, instruments, and jewelry. These collections were moved to the Mall, and the NMAfA became the first museum in the United States to include in its mission a sustained focus on modern and contemporary African art. The building is designed in a post-modern architectural style with most of its exhibition space residing underground.

Creator

Jean Paul Carlihan

Date

1964 (Museum founded)

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Flickr User Cliff via Wikimedia Commons. View original.