The new Museum of Washington D.C. will be larger than the one in New York City and the largest collection of works of art in the U.S. The museum is a “wonderful example of how the Smithsonian Institution can be a transformative force for civic engagement and global change” as the Smithsonian said in a press release, adding that “the museum will celebrate the diversity of American life.”
The museum will also include exhibits on “human history,” including a collection of images from the birth of the nation and its founding documents.
The Washington Post described the museum as a “fantastic and visionary space” that is designed to “provide a powerful, transformative experience for everyone who walks through.”
The new museum was announced in October 2017, with plans to open in 2021.
“D.C.’s first major museum to showcase American history will be home to an exhibition of the United States’ earliest known portraits of Presidents Andrew Jackson and George Washington,” according to the Washington Post.
“It will also be the most expansive museum of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation.”
It was recently announced that the museum will include a new exhibit called “A History of the Confederacy.”
In December 2018, a new American Civil War museum opened in Richmond, Virginia, that also includes a new collection of portraits of Confederate leaders.