Anacostia Museum
The Anacostia Community Museum is a Smithsonian Institution museum in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States, opened in 1967. Its focus is the national history and culture of African Americans, for presentation to scholars and to all visitors"domestic and international.

The Museum was established originally as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in the old Carver movie theater on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in 1967. It was the brainchild of S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1964 to 1984.

The Anacostia Museum and Center gives special priority to the collection, protection, and preservation of materials that reflect the history and traditions of families, organizations, individuals, and communities.

The Museum and Center renovated its facility recently to focus on the collection, storage and study of artifacts. There is now an on-line academy that facilitates the organization's commitment to identify, study, preserve, and collect African-American historical materials.

The Academy
The Academy consists of people offering their expertise and sharing their insights on different subjects within the field of material culture. Collectors, preservers, scholars, and educators conduct virtual lectures, workshops, and demonstrations for the Museum's on-line visitors' enjoyment and education. The information presented within the Academy is designed to be used with the database of artifacts in the museum's permanent collection to foster thought about what role material culture plays in the African American historical and cultural experience.

  • Ripley, Dillon (1969). The Sacred Grove: Essays on Museums. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0671203177.