Take a Tour Inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History

With thousands of artifacts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights four centuries of black life in America. The museum will open to the public Sept. 24. Take a look at what's in store at the newest museum on the National Mall.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14: Platinum records, orginal posters and other artifacts are on display in the Musical Crossroads section of the fourth floor Culture Galleries at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture during the press preview on the National Mall September 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Filled with exhibits and artifacts telling the story of the first Africans in the United States and their descendents, the 400,000-square-foot museum will open to the public on September 24. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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With thousands of artifacts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights four centuries of black life in America. The museum will open to the public Sept. 24. Take a look at what's in store at the newest museum on the National Mall.
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A combination of video screens, printed information, photographs, posters and other artifacts fill the "1968 and Beyond" History Galleries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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A statue depicts the famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympic games.
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A pair of slave shackles are on display in the Slavery and Freedom Gallery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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An early log cabin that housed freed slaves (C) and a preserved slave cabin are on display. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Journalists tour the David M. Rubenstein History Galleries on the lower levels of the museum on Sept. 14. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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A spiral staircase moves visitors from the main floor to the lower levels of the museum. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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This museum display features glass shards from the 1963 Birmingham bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, which killed four young African American girls.
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One of retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell's uniforms is on display in the Military History Gallery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Photographs show influential women including feminists Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes.
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This panel shares statistics about the slave trade in colonial America.
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A combination of video screens, printed information, photographs, posters and other artifacts fill the "1968 and Beyond" History Galleries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks' dress is on display in the concourse galleries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Slave ships traveled across the Atlantic from Africa to the Americas in what was known as the "Middle Passage." Many Africans died on the journey across the sea, as they were subject to horrific, overcrowded and filthy conditions.
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A dress belonging to television pioneer Oprah Winfrey is on display in the "1968 and Beyond" History Galleries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Platinum records, original posters and other artifacts are on display in the Musical Crossroads section of the fourth floor of the museum. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Barack Obama campaign buttons, one of Michelle Obama's dresses, historic front pages and more are featured in this display on the first black president.
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A museum exhibit features this line from James Brown's 1968 anthem "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud."
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A museum exhibit on slavery in America includes a reminder of cotton's influence in its growth.
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This exhibit wall features a quote from Delia Garlic, a Virginia slave who was sold to the Deep South.
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This exhibit on African American athletic achievement features Gabby Douglas' leotard, other Olympic uniforms and more.
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Sneakers with the hand-painted images of President Barack Obama by artist Van Taylor Monroe are on display. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Journalists arrive in the museum's Oprah Winfrey Theater on a media preview day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Chuck Berry's famous red Cadillac is on display.
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Steel and glass create patterns and reflections inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture during the press preview on Sept. 14. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Inside the museum.
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An exterior shot of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public on Sept. 24.
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The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is the newest addition to the National Mall.
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