Obamas tour new African-American history museum

Obamas tour new African-American history museum
© National Museum of African American History and Culture

The first family on Thursday took a private tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to open to the public next week. 

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The 400,000-square foot building is located on the National Mall just blocks from the White House. 

The Smithsonian Institution, which operates the museum, has scheduled a three-day festival next week to mark its opening. 

The museum will have more than 3,000 artifacts on display, spanning from the era of slavery to the present day.

The president is scheduled to speak at the dedication ceremony on Sept. 24.