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Learn More About AAPI Heritage at These Local Museums

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, also known as AAPI Heritage Month,. The month of May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843. May is also a significant month because it recognizes Golden Spike Day, May 10, 1869, which marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was built with significant contributions from Chinese workers.

DC is rich in museums and exhibits that pay homage to Asian history, art, and accomplishments. Check out a few places you can visit this May to celebrate.

  1. Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery): This museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, features a wide range of Asian art, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian artworks.
  2. Chinese American Museum DC: This museum is the first and only museum in our nation’s capital that focuses on Chinese History.
  3. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum: This museum showcases a diverse collection of textiles and artifacts from Asia, including traditional garments, carpets, and other textile arts.
  4. The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center: While not exclusively focused on Asian history, this museum occasionally hosts exhibitions that explore Asian culture, history, and art.
  5. Old Korean Legation Museum: A historic house museum located in Logan Circle, this building serves as an event space and holds Korean decorative pieces.

These museums offer a rich tapestry of exhibits and programs that delve into the diverse cultures and histories of Asia and Asian Americans