Construction on the National Mall is well on the way for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). NMAAHCs new home is set to be completed and open to the public in 2015. The collection is currently housed on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.
Principal architects Philip Freelon and David Sdjaye lead the team that designed the new building that will take the last available spot on the National Mall. The primary architectural idea for the museum was derived from the classical tripartite column. The concept is to create a base, shaft and capital. Structurally playing with daylight, the building is hoped to express faith, hope and resiliency. As visitors move through the collections, sights in the historically rich city will be emphasized and incorporated into the exhibition route. Environment friendly features include solar hot water panels and a geothermal groundwater system.
Upon completion, the new home of NMAAHC will be a place all visitors and patron to learn and experience the diversity of the African American encounters in the Nation throughout history.
The public is welcome to view the construction as it is occurring, just visit: http://nmaahc.si.edu/Building/Camera
For more information, please visit: http://nmaahc.si.edu