Today being MLK day I woke up at 6:28 to get tickets at the 6:30 release time for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

Yes. 6:30 am.

To tell the truth I woke up because 1. The mesuem is AMAZING. And 2. Because their food is just as amazing.


The only place I’ve found that can do amazing real down home southern food.

We stuck with the creole coast today and went with the..

Duck, Andouille & Crawfish Gumbo, Carolina Rice, and Green Onions.
Gulf Shrimp & Stone Ground Grits, Smoked Tomato Butter, Caramelized Leeks, and Crispy Tasso.

Both were fantastic.

I have no clue how they get those grits so creamy. They’re the perfect texture.

Okay. Enough food talk.. back to the museum!


I suggest starting at the bottom on Concourse (C) as there’s usually a line for that exhibit. We chose not to do that exhibit today as it was MLK Day so crowds were heavy and that area isn’t navigated by stroller easily but still started with the Concourse (C) level to go to the contemplative court. Outside of the meusum there’s a large fish tank looking round area with seating. That’s actually the waterfall.


The waterfall is breathtaking. I would really love to get there super early on an off day to be able to really take photos without the crowds.



Then up we went to the culture galleries. As you walk in there’s a huge screen going in a circle above your head with a loop of a video. The video is beautiful. I can’t even begin to think what went in to making that. My absolute favorite part is that the end is the clip of Obama’s saying ‘Obama Out.’


The items that are displayed are inspiring. Addalyn loved the P-Funk Mothership.

“The P-Funk Mothership is one of the most iconic stage props in the history of popular music. The Mothership delivered an unmatched visual spectacle for the audience and represented the spirit behind P-Funks music. Figuratively, the Mothership emancipated the audience members and ‘transported’ them to a plane free from racism and earthly constraints – it remains a symbol of the liberating power of music.”


The only interactive area on the 4th floor is located at the back of the music side. There’s a wall to allow children to essentially make their own beats. Both girls (and Rashad) enjoyed playing with it.


We had a really amazing day and Kinley learned so much. I hope everyone had an amazing MLK Day!

– Mom out!


I'm a photo taking, home schooling, mom of three girls mom.

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