MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will take part in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live on Saturday, featuring free tours and live streaming of the grand opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Museum Day hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last tour set for 2 p.m. for the main exhibit and 2:30 p.m. for the Children's Wing. Streaming of the grand opening celebration will begin at 9 a.m. in the museum's auditorium.
In order to receive free tours of the both the main exhibit and the Children's Wing, visitors must present a Museum Day Live ticket, which is free and available for download at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/rosa-parks-museum/?no-ist.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected close to 37,000 artifacts, illustrating major periods of African American history, beginning with the origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, reconstruction, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissances and into the 21st century.
The NMAAHC will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.