National Museum of African American Music


The National Museum of African American Music tells the story of the impact that African American culture has had on music around the world, from gospel to jazz, R&B to hip-hop, funk to rap, house to techno and soul. The museum's interactive exhibits showcase that influence by weaving history and technology to bring musical icons of the past to life. 

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