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Our country is full of countless museums and monuments to remember its rich history and noteworthy people, places, art, and events. However, there are always new stories to tell, and in 2020, these eight new museums are bringing a wide range of history, culture, art, and achievement to the forefront.

National Museum of African American Music (Nashville, Tennessee)

Music City’s new museum will open Labor Day Weekend, and all indications are that it will be well worth the wait. According to the website, visitors can expect to “discover the central role African Americans have played in shaping and creating all genres of American music.”

The Harriet Tubman Museum (Cape May, New Jersey)

In the 1850s, Harriet Tubman lived in Cape May and used the money she earned in the coastal New Jersey town to help free fugitives. Now, more than 150 years later, the Harriet Tubman Museum will open on a block that anti-slavery activists called home.

Planet Word Museum (Washington, D.C.)

The nation’s capital is full of fascinating museums and monuments, but the soon-to-open Planet Word Museum is on a mission “to inspire a love of language in all its forms,” promoting independent reading at the highest level.  By making the language arts a part of the D.C. experience, Planet Word is hoping people are able to do the tasks some of us take for granted, like reading recipes or medicine labels.

National Museum of the United States Army (Fort Belvoir, Virginia)

Located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the National Museum of the United States Army was supposed to be open by now, but COVID-19 has pushed it to a later date. When it’s safe to do so, stop by to honor American soldiers and learn about the nation’s oldest military branch. The 185,000 square-foot building will display art, artifacts, documents, and images, many of which have never been seen by the American public.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Due to current events, the museum’s opening will likely be later in 2020, but Colorado Springs will be boasting some of the coolest exhibits around when the doors finally open. Plan your visit and see an old Olympic Torch or the very medals that the world’s best athlete’s wear when they’re recognized for their achievements. One of our favorite things about the new 60,000 square-foot facility? They say it will focus on the core values of friendship, respect and excellence, determination, equality, inspiration, and courage.

National Children’s Museum (Washington, D.C)

If you’re visiting our nation’s capital and want to entertain your kids, the National Children’s Museum opened in February. While it has been closed due to COVID-19, they’re going to be launching a virtual summer camp soon. When the museum eventually reopens to the public, kids can learn about science, technology, art, math, and more through interactive exhibits.

Roots 101 African-American Museum (Louisville, Kentucky)

Originally slated to open in April, the global pandemic put a pause on Roots 101 African-American Museum’s plans. However, when the museum does open later in the year, Louisville residents and visitors can expect to see exhibits that embrace the museum’s mission:

“To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievement, contribution, and experiences of African Americans using exhibits, programs, and activities to illustrate African-American history, culture, and art.”

The Momentary (Bentonville, Arkansas)

Dedicated to contemporary art, The Momentary is located in Bentonville, Arkansas, and serves as a satellite to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This former cheese factory is now “a multidisciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, artists-in-residence, and more.”

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