Photo: The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. (NMAAHC)
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A hundred years after the idea was first floated, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors. The museum houses over 17,000 artifacts, each telling a story about the African-American experience. From the horror of a child's shackles to the drama of its architecture, we hear reactions to the building from a journalist, a critic and two of its architects.
David Adjaye speaks to NPR's Ari Shapiro
David Adjaye speaks to the BBC World News about the new museum
David Adjaye talks to Frances Anderton about President Obama's election
Philip Kennicott's review of the new museum
Curbed on the new museum
Eleven exhibits you need to see at the museum
Why the museum's exterior is an exciting sign of what's inside
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