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February 03, 2016

African-American History Museum to Open in D.C. in September

The Smithsonian Institution has announced a September 24 opening date for the long-planned National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Washington Post writes.

More than a decade in the making, the museum on the National Mall in Washington still must raise the final $40 million of its $270 million cost. Major donors to date have included Oprah Winfrey ($12 million) and Washington financier David Rubenstein ($10 million).

Construction on the 400,000-square-foot building is slated to be finished in April, at which point officials' focus will shift to installing 11 inaugural exhibitions with more than 3,000 artifacts ranging from Harriett Tubman's hymnal to Chuck Berry's red Cadillac.