Almost two years after opening, The Museum of African American History and Culture still has visitors itching to get their hands on a limited supply of timed tickets. Scoring tickets to the NMAAHC museum is the equivalent of finding the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So what do you do when you have a trip planned to Washington, D.C. but you are unable to get hold of one of the elusive tickets? Below are a couple of alternative African American historical sites in Washington, D.C. that you might consider visiting.
Frederick Douglass National Historical Site Visit the home of Frederick Douglass located on Cedar Hill in the historic neighborhood of Anacostia. Douglass lived in the house from 1878 until his death in 1895. The house is perched atop of a hill at 1411 W Street SE Washington, D.C. Reservations are strongly recommended since only guided tours are offered at the site. Hours are 9-5 seven days a week except major holidays. Visit the website for detailed information and directions: www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum The predecessor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Museum of African American History and Culture, the Anacostia Community Museum was opened in 1967 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. For the past 50 years the museum has offered free educational programs, exhibits, and tours. For detailed information about visiting the museum click onto anacostia.si.edu