Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Anacostia Community Museum

‘A museum of, for and by the people’

The Anacostia Community Museum is a Smithsonian Institute that ‘examines, documents, and interprets the impact of historic and continued social issues on the urban community’. This museum is located within D.C’s Anacostia neighborhood and provides a sort of insiders gateway into the many different neighborhoods, cultures, and backgrounds of Washington D.C, and of the United States on a grander scale.

Inside the museum, your group will find dynamic rotating exhibits that explain various aspects of urban community life, including such specific topics as modernization, cultural encounters, environmental change, gentrification, employment, and globalization. The exhibits are always changing, but a good example of what you will see can be described with the current (2018-2020) major exhibit at Anacostia that explores the history of neighborhood changes and activism within the 6 different D.C. communities: Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest.

Your group can take part in a free docent-led tour while here, or take part in any workshops, lectures, or other live events. Specific school visit tours last 60-90 minutes and typically include an additional workshop or activity.