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Get to Know: The Anacostia Community Museum

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on June 21
View of the Anacostia Community Museum.

View of the Anacostia Community Museum. (Kaela Cote-Stemmermann/City Cast DC)

One of the smallest Smithsonians, the Anacostia Community Museum explores historical and contemporary social issues that have impacted D.C.’s evolution.

The current exhibit, “To Live and Breathe: Women and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.,” shows how local women of color expose injustice and build healthier D.C. communities. The content can be heavy, but lots of interactive and crafty elements make it good for kids and adults alike.

Interactive quilt-making station inside the “To Live and Breathe” exhibit.

Interactive quilt-making station inside the “To Live and Breathe” exhibit. (Kaela Cote-Stemmermann/City Cast DC)


The museum is located between Anacostia and Buena Vista. There is parking available on site. Or you can take the W2 or W3 bus right to the front door.


The exhibit runs until January 7, so you have plenty of time to check it out. The whole museum should only take around one hour to go through, maybe more if you have craft-inclined kids. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What to see:

Take your time with the intro video. It has some compelling footage and interviews from often unseen activists. The salon exhibit is also a must-see, with info on the DC Safe Nail Salon Project and some crazy nail art.

For interactive exhibits, check out the “Which Animal Activist Are You?” quiz (I’m the wise owl 💁‍♀️) and make a button to take home!

What to do after:

Head to Anacostia Park to see the results of the activism you just learned about. Or, stay and attend one of the museum's events like Growing Community and Craftism Circle.

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