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Bold, Bronze, Beautiful

By Nicole L. Gill
Photos by Jerald Council


The new National Museum of African American History and Culture structure is a powerful representation of the contributions African Americans have made to American history. The two histories are forever intertwined.

NMAAHC is located on the National Mall in view of Trump International Hotel

NMAAHC is located on the National Mall in view of Trump International Hotel

"To experience this incredible new monument, this museum, is to be reminded we're just a small part of a long chain, generation after generation, striving against the odds." -- President Barack Obama

NMAAHC is adjacent to the Washington Monument

NMAAHC is adjacent to the Washington Monument

The three-tiered shape is inspired by a traditional Yoruban column that has a crown or corona at the top, the museum says.

NMAAHC as seen from the Washington Monument

NMAAHC as seen from the Washington Monument

The 400-square-foot building sits on 5 acres of land

Daylight can enter through the intricate design

Daylight can enter through the intricate design

Pattern on exterior panels serve as reminders of 19th century ironwork created by slaves

The museum broke ground in February 2012

The museum broke ground in February 2012

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will attend opening day ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 24

The museum is located on prime space on the National Mall

The museum is located on prime space on the National Mall

Openings in the panels allow unobstructed views of the National Mall

Outer layer of building is called the Corona

Outer layer of building is called the Corona

Museum says its three tiers are an expression of faith, hope and resiliency

The setting sun can be seen in the panels

The setting sun can be seen in the panels

3,600 bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels make up the exterior of the museum

Many of the National Mall's famed museums can be seen from NMAAHC

Many of the National Mall's famed museums can be seen from NMAAHC

Bronze panels weigh 230 tons, the museum says

North entrance off Constitution Avenue

North entrance off Constitution Avenue

The oculus, or glass structure, allows light into the lower levels of the museum and provides a waterfall effect

The 'Porch' at the museum's south entrance

The 'Porch' at the museum's south entrance

The main entrance off the National Mall features a reflecting pool

Four design firms worked on the design and construction

Four design firms worked on the design and construction

35,000 artifacts are included in the museum, according to Smithsonian Magazine

Most of the museum sits underground

Most of the museum sits underground

It cost $540 million to build the museum and install the exhibits

The Smithsonian website offer a 3-D interactive of many features inside the museum

The Smithsonian website offer a 3-D interactive of many features inside the museum