The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture takes visitors on a tour of the past from the present day back to the 15th century.
A new virtual platform allows visitors to take the journey without leaving their homes. The museum's artifacts, stories, and interactive experiences can now be explored through the website's new digital platform known as the Searchable Museum.
"Welcome to the Searchable Museum," the website states. "A place to explore history and culture through an African American lens."
The first exhibit titled Slavery & Freedom is available now. The next online exhibit coming in the spring of 2022 is Making a Way Out of No Way.
Poet Maya Angelou narrates the digital experience while visitors see a succession of images from the past 600 years of Black history. The NMAAHC opened in 2016 using a system of timed entry passes that are both free of charge and in high demand.
The digital museum offers visitors a look at some artifacts previously closed to the public, including a 3D virtual tour of the Point of Pines Slave Cabin in Edisto Island, South Carolina. The cabin is one of two remaining on the island. Both are closed to the public.
The virtual project also offers new videos, podcasts, and views of research used in the exhibits. A section called "Lesser Known Stories" tells about stories that have been largely ignored by historians.