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The Anacostia Community Museum provides access to most of its collections through the Smithsonian Collections Search Center. Using the Search Our Collections tool, you can find catalogue records and images of the museum's object and archival collections holdings.

Object Collection

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The Anacostia Community Museum has collected art, objects, archives and associated stories almost from the moment it opened in 1967. Focusing for many years on exhibits and interpretation, the museum increased its collecting activities in the early 1990s and worked to develop a collection that reflected the museum’s mission. Over the course of twenty years, the museum has developed a collection that emphasizes daily life in communities both in Washington, DC, and around the world through a strong collection of art and material culture. With significant assemblages of folk art, quilts and textiles, and art by local and African American artists, the Anacostia Community Museum seeks to provide insight into the ways that people gather and live in contemporary urban communities.