National Museum of African American History and Culture set to open in Washington

WASHINGTON -- In less than 10 days, the Smithsonian’s newest museum will open to the public.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a massive project that’s 100 years in the making.

The idea was proposed a century ago by black Civil War veterans. It would take until 2003 for Congress to pass a law, designating funding for the project.

540 million dollars later, it’s finally a reality.

The museum sits right on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument.

It contains 400,000 square feet of exhibits over six levels.

12 general exhibits exploring the history of African Americans, from slavery and segregation, to the Civil Rights movement and present day history.

The museum’s founding director is a familiar face to Chicagoans. Lonnie Bunch spent five years as president of the Chicago Historical Society.

The museum is free, but you will have to claim a ticket on the museum’s website for entry.

The museum officially opens to the public, Saturday September 24th, following it’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Tickets have been claimed through October.