2018 GMM Dinner Reception
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of
African American History and Culture

Wednesday, May 23
7:00–10:00 p.m.

Transportation and Museum Entry

Bus transportation from the T Street entrance of the Washington Hilton to the museum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Buses will continuously loop between the hotel and the museum throughout the evening, with the last bus going from the museum back to the hotel at 10:00 p.m.

Please wear your ICI conference badge. To expedite entrance through the museum’s security, please carry only essentials. A coat check area will be available for larger bags and totes that are not permitted in the museum. You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes to explore the five floors of exhibits. 

Food and Beverage

This is a reception-style dinner event with food stations and a complimentary full bar (with the exception of red wine, which is not allowed in the museum). Guests may eat, drink, network, and explore the museum at their leisure.

Heritage Hall Entrance Level Menu
  • Poke bowl bar: Hawaiian-inspired seafood bowls with a variety of toppings—tuna and salmon, avocado, seaweed salad, and pickled ginger—and three types of sauces
  • All-American station: Cheeseburger and pulled barbecued chicken sliders, macaroni and cheese, crunchy salad, grilled vegetables, and homemade potato chips
Concourse Level Menu
  • Antipasti station: Italian cheeses, charcuterie, specialty breads, bruschetta, pasta salad, and zucchini salad
  • Southern station: Barbecued beef brisket, blackened chicken brochettes, Lowcountry shrimp with grits, sweet potato salad, slaw, and biscuits

A full bar, as well as miniature desserts and cookies with coffee and tea, are available on both levels.

Food and beverages are not allowed in any of the exhibit galleries or on the escalators and elevators.

Museum Highlights

Gallery attendants and museum volunteers will be available throughout the evening to answer questions about the museum and its exhibits. The museum store will be open. View the museum map.

History Galleries C3–C1

(entrance from the concourse level, one level below street level)

The History Galleries tell a story beginning in the 1400s moving from slavery and freedom, through to the era of segregation, and a changing America in 1968 and beyond. The Contemplative Court at the exit of the History Galleries is a quiet space for reflection. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to walk through the three floors of the exhibit.

Highlights include:

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Paradox of Liberty
  • South Carolina slave cabin
  • Interactive lunch counter and an original sit-in barstool
  • Emmett Till’s casket
  • Harriett Tubman’s shawl
  • Tuskegee airplane
Community Galleries L3

(entrance two levels above street level)

The Communities Galleries focus on sports. Highlights include:

  • Statues of Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, and Serena and Venus Williams
  • Muhammad Ali headgear
  • Jim Brown’s Cleveland Browns jersey
  • Tommie Smith Olympic warm-up suit
Culture Galleries L4

(entrance three levels above street level)

The Culture Galleries showcase arts and culture, ranging from fashion to music to comedy. Highlights include:

  • Chuck Berry’s cherry-red 1973 Cadillac El Dorado convertible
  • Artifacts from B. B. King, Prince, Public Enemy, and the Jackson family
  • Rosa Parks’ dress
  • Parliament Funkadelic show spacecraft

Building Architecture

The building’s architecture is meant as an inspiration, open to all as a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope. It follows classical Greco-Roman form. The wrapping of the building in an ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice pays homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere. The L3 and L4 levels offer breathtaking views of the National Mall and monuments.