Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum is a museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Anacostia, a neighborhood of Washington, DC, United States, which opened in 1967. His focus is on the national history and culture of African Americans, and is aimed at scholars and all national and international visitors.


The museum was originally founded as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in the old Carver Cinema at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in 1967. It was the brainchild of S. Dillon Ripley, head of the Smithsonian Institution 1964 until 1984.


The Anacostia Museum and Center places special priority for the collection, protection and preservation of materials that document the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals and communities.


The Anacostia Museum and Center has recently amended its focus on the collection, preservation and study of artifacts. There is now an online academy that facilitates involvement in identification, study, preservation and collection of African- American material.

The Academy

The Academy is composed of people who contribute their expertise and their knowledge on various topics in the field of material culture. Hold virtual lectures, workshops and demonstrations for the online visitors of the museum hold. The data within the Academy are designed so that they can be compared with the database artifacts for the museum's permanent collection to Find Out What role had the material culture of the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans.


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