Following an extensive six-month $1.3 million renovation, the Museum of African Diaspora has reopened. Since its grand opening in 2005, the museum has become an important place on Mission — the museum is the only one in the City, and one of the few in the country, that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the African Diaspora: the migration of African people and their lasting cultural and historical impact.
The remodel has allowed for a larger exhibition space — in an attempt to guide the museum away from offering (primarily) temporary shows. By gaining more permanent exhibits, the museum is working to aligning itself with that of a fine arts museum (as opposed to a gallery space or exhibition hall). The museum is also now officially a Smithsonian Affiliate, allowing it access to the Smithsonian Institute's vast array of resources, including its unmatched artifact collection, which houses 136-million cultural and historical artifacts.
We caught up with the Museum's Executive Director, Linda Harrison, during the museum's busy re-opening week, to find out what changes have transformed MoAD, and what responsibilities it had moving forward.