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Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History

1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020

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Since its creation in 1967, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture has worked to explore and document the historical experiences and the cultural expressions of people of African descent. To do that, the museum offers exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, lectures and films at its site in southeast Washington=s historic Anacostia neighborhood, at other Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and at colleges and cultural centers across the country. What started as the nation=s first federally funded neighborhood museum now is recognized as a national resource with a tradition of creating critically acclaimed exhibitions, unique educational programming, scholarly publications, and innovative web-based outreach. The Anacostia Museum is responsible for the acquisition, care and preservation of approximately 6,000 objects in a collection dating to the early 1800s. This multi-faceted collection includes works of art, archaeological materials, textiles, furniture, photographs, audio tapes, videos and musical instruments.


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Because the city was built from scratch, Washington's regular town plan is easy to grasp. Centered on Capitol Hill and its governmental monoliths, the District is divided into four quadrants - northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest. Dozens of broad avenues , all named after states, run diagonally across a standard grid of streets , meeting up at monumental traffic circles like Dupont Circle. North-south streets are numbered, east-west ones are lettered. There's no J Street, an intentional slight to early Supreme Court Justice John Jay, or X, Y or Z Street. I Street is often written Eye Street. Be sure to note the relevant two-letter code in any address (NW, NE, SW, SE), which shows its quadrant; 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW is a long way from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave SE.

Once in the city, stop at the DC Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center , Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; tel 202/328-4748), which can help with maps, tours, bookings and citywide information. Look for visitor information desks at the airports and Union Station. The White House Visitor Information Center , 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW (daily 7.30am-4pm; tel 202/208-1631), supplies free maps and handy guides to museums and attractions; the most useful is the free Washington DC Visitors Guide .

 
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