National Museum of African American History Gets Digital Upgrade

In Summary

A new digital platform for the museum promises to offer audiences an interactive experience of their favorite exhibits.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a new digital platform giving people an interactive look into the Black experience. 

The new program, named the “Searchable Museum,” was designed to showcase the most treasured landmark of the National Mall to a broader audience. 

In an interview with The Washington Post, museum director Kevin Young spoke in detail of the vision and excitement he has for the new experience and goals he hopes to achieve. 

“We’re bringing the museum beyond its four walls. … It’s like a museum in your pocket,” Young said in the article. “I really think the experience of going to the museum … is transformative. And … what we wanted out of the site is something transformative as well.” 

Young explains that the digital access will allow the public to view exhibits at their own pace and in their own time. He sees it as an incredible resource for visitors who want to either see the museum for their first time or return to it again, he tells The Washington Post. 

Searchable Museum provides the opportunity for people to engage with the museum’s exhibitions through a deeper dive into African American history and culture.  

The first digital exhibition to be shared on the site is the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition, which features the museum’s David M. Rubenstein History Galleries entirely reimagined for the digital space.  

Other exhibitions are planned for spring 2022

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