The latest digital deployment for the NMAAHC is first class, and the time to board is now. Last Thursday, the museum launched its first digital initiative, aptly named, The searchable museum. The innovative platform will host a multitude of rotating exhibitions, archives and videos of the museum’s 40,000 artefacts.
Since the doors opened in 2016, the museum has largely sold timed entry tickets. And although tickets have remained free, they are often claimed quickly. (Tickets for December are almost sold out.)
museum director Kevin Young communicated a plan to expand the scope of the museum since it took office in March this year.
“By bringing together the latest technology and harnessing the academic and educational experience of the museum teams, the Searchable Museum tells the complex story of our country’s history in a way that only the National Museum of History and Culture African Americans can do, “said Kevin Young via the Smithsonian Press Release. “This ongoing project offers a chance for Americans to realize our shared past, bringing the unique museum experience to their homes and to their phones. Allowing the public to virtually revisit the original struggle for American freedom in the exhibition “Slavery and Freedom” reminds us of the centrality of the African-American journey to the American experience – a story of triumph, resilience and joy over the years. centuries. With this launch, we look forward to continuing the museum’s awareness and digital efforts. “
The first exhibition to receive the new digital treatment is Slavery & Freedom. NMAAHC American Slavery Curator Mary Elliott provides a video introduction to each section of the historical teachings, while the Explore tab allows you to preview the artifacts on display. The next exhibition, Getting out of No Way, will be online next spring.
“This is just the start,” Young told The Washington Post. “We’re currently looking at phase two and what stories we can tell after that. “
While you might need to play your own GoGo and cook your own DC specialties, a visit to the museum from the comfort of your sofa might not be the worst way to go.