National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art information

Location
Washington, DC , USA
Address
950 Independence Ave SW
Getting there
Bus: Circulator
Metro: Smithsonian
More information
www.nmafa.si.edu
Opening hours
10am-5:30pm
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Enter the museum’s ground-level pavilion through the Enid A Haupt Garden, then descend into the dim underground exhibit space. Devoted to ancient and modern sub-Saharan African art, the quiet galleries display wooden masks, beaded textiles, ceramics, fetish dolls and other examples of the region's visual traditions. Intentionally or not, there’s a definite West African focus with lots of traditional art from Nigeria, Benin and Cameroon.

African dance troupes, theater companies and multimedia artists frequently stage shows here. An underground tunnel connects to the Sackler Gallery.