NMAAHC Dedication and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on September 24, 2016. The 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution sits prominently on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is completely devoted to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture, including an extensive collection of approximately 33,000 artworks and historic objects.

The long-awaited opening of the museum has attracted a substantial amount of media coverage. The Washington Post published an article that illustrates how the museum became a reality. In this article, readers can view a detailed timeline and time-lapse video of the construction process.

In an interview with Architect’s Newspaper, Areta Pawlynsky, a partner at Heintges & Associates, the consulting firm for facade engineering, described the demanding timeframe of the project and how they remained true to the design through the projects’ development. She concluded with saying, “I think the real story of success here is the collaboration, including the contractors, Enclos and Northstar, and CM Clark. There was a strong commitment to executing this facade in the appropriate way, and it extended across the board”.

Click here to view NMAAHC’s full announcement.

Photo © Alan Karchmer / NMAAHC