by James A. Kidney I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the new National Museum of African- American History and Culture (“the African American Museum”) on the National Mall six days before it is to be formally opened to the public with a ceremony featuring the President. It is the nearest building on the Mall east of the Washington Monument and is across 14th Street from the Museum of American History. One of my first questions when I plan to visit a city for a couple of days is whether it has a museum. If the answer is affirmative, I always visit it. I am familiar with many museums around the world and, as a native Washingtonian, the Smithsonian museums in particular. I am no curatorial expert, but believe I know a good museum when I see one. In my judgment, the African-American Museum is spectacular. It is a model which … Read more of this post . . .