Smithsonian. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open. Photo: Gina Whiteman/Smithsonian The museum started in 2003 and it did not have any objects in its collection. Lots of people worked really hard to assemble the collection and get everything ready. It's already busy and you will need timed tickets to visit. If you want to visit before March, the only way to get tickets is in person at the Constitution Avenue entrance beginning at 9:15 a.m. Of course, all the other museums and the National Zoo are hosting new exhibits. There's a whole bunch going on. What do you know about?