Celebrate District Day on April 17

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo: Alan Karchmer.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave. NW) is hosting District Day on Monday April 17 to celebrate DC Emancipation Day which freed 3,000 enslaved individuals within the District.

The museum, in collaboration with the DC Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, will host the event beginning at 10 a.m. The day long celebration will feature live performances, guided conversations and a special menu from the Sweet Home Cafe.

Admission to the event is free, but advanced registration is required. You can reserve tickets here.

The museum is currently featuring a variety of exhibitions including “Afrofuturism”, “Explore More!”, “Reckoning” and “Spirit in the Dark”. These current special exhibits feature art and interactive educational spaces for visitors of all ages to engage and connect with African American history.

The museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free, but timed entry passes are required for all guests regardless of age. You can reserve timed entry passes for museum admission here.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.