WASHINGTON - It doesn't officially open for 10 more days, but a big group of lucky journalists were among the first inside the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture on DC's National Mall Wednesday. It's a museum that's been 100 years in the making, and the result is nothing short of stunning.
Situated near the Washington Monument at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 14th Street, the museum spans 400,000 square feet.The 12 inaugural exhibits are grouped into three themes: history, culture and community. If you've visited the National Mall recently, you've likely noticed the unique building, which is three stories and a beautiful shade of bronze.
FIRST LOOK: TOUR THE MUSEUM
If you can't go, we've got the next best thing. FOX 5 was a among the many media outlets to get a first tour-- and our own Bob Barnard brought it to you LIVE on Facebook! Check it out below.
GRAND OPENING EVENT
President Barack Obama will speak at the museum's opening ceremony on September 24. First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and civil rights and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will also attend. For more opening info, click here.
OPENING WEEKEND: A THREE-DAY FESTIVAL
The museum's grand opening weekend will be full of festivities! “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration” is a three-day festival that will take place on the Washington Monument grounds from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 25. It will include music, dance, oral history activities and two big concerts on Saturday and Sunday night. Living Colour, Public Enemy and The Roots will perform on Saturday. On Sunday, it's Meshell Ndegeocello and Experience Unlimited.
Timed tickets are required to visit, and if you don't have one yet, you'll be waiting a little while. Tickets for the rest of September and October are gone, but there ARE tickets avaiable for some dates and times in November and December. To reserve passes online, click here.