September 15, 1967 The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum opens in Anacostia, a primarily African American neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., with a celebration including an 84-piece band. This “experimental community museum” is located in a renovated theater and is operated in cooperation with the local community. Its first six exhibits include a Mercury space capsule; a reproduction of an 1890 Anacostia store; a little theater; shoebox collections on many natural-science subjects; skeletons that could be disassembled; and a small zoo.
Today, the museum’s mission is to “enhance understanding of contemporary urban experiences and strengthen community bonds by conserving the past, documenting the present, and serving as a catalyst for shaping the future” through exhibitions and programs that engage the community, such as “How the Civil War Changed Washington,” seminars, family days and special programming.
Posted: 15 September 2017