An African American history museum that is slated to open in 2015 has been collecting Obama-related artifacts since his nomination as the 2008 Democratic candidate, according to reports. President Barack Obama’s life and career will become a major part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
President Obama attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum and delivered an address. At the time of the function, the museum had an estimated price tag of $500 million. Although the museum already has a gallery space in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, its own collections will comprise of artifacts relating to African American history and culture. The museum is located near the Washington Monument and was designed by a team lead by architect David Adjaye.
The Washington Post reported that the museum’s Obama collection currently has about 300 artifacts, portions of which will eventually be displayed in the museum’s history gallery. Staff from the museum recently worked the crowds at last week’s inauguration, looking for memorabilia and other objects to add to the collection, according to an Associated Press report.