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National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution
950 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D C
Phone: 202-357-2700 --
TTY: 202 357 1729
Statement of Purpose:
This is the only museum in the United States devoted to the collection, exhibition, and study of African art.
Highlights & Collections:
Collection, study, and exhibition of traditional arts of Africa south of the Sahara and of northern Africa, and the contemporary arts of the entire continent. A leading research and reference center, the museum houses a photographic archives and research
Highlights include: "Images of Power and Identity", featuring the museum's most recent acquisitions; royal Benin art; an exhibition celebrating the creative genius of Central African women potters; utilitarian objects; and works of art from the ancient
Nubian city of Kerma, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Permanent collection of 100 masterworks; permanent exhibition of royal Benin art, utilitarian objects, and Central African pottery.
Included are traditional arts of Africa south of the Sahara and of northern Africa, and the contemporary arts of the entire continent.
A leading research and reference center, the museum houses a photographic archives and research library.
Exhibits & Special Events:
See web site at http://www.si.edu or call Smithsonian Information for a previsit packet, which includes a list of updated temporary exhibitions.
Daily: 10-5:30 p.m. Closed on December 25.
Admission & Directions:
Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall or Independence Avenue exits)
Check with us at a later date.
Key Personnel: Sylvia Williams, Director
Patricia Fiske, Assistant Director.
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