(NBC News) – The long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture opens to the public this weekend.
There are nearly 4,000 artifacts on display at the Washington, D.C. museum, some dating back to the 18th century.
One exhibit chronicles the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first black military aviators.
“At a time when they weren’t expected to be anything, they were more than anyone imagined,” says Rex Ellis, the museum’s Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs.
Harriet Tubman’s hymn book, Rosa Parks’ dress, Louis Armstrong’s trumpet and Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves are on display as well, along with items from many pioneers you may not know.