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Oprah Winfrey Is Getting Her Own Exhibition To Celebrate Her Life And Legacy

When it comes to strong, sophisticated, bad-ass women in the entertainment biz, Oprah Winfrey is hard to beat. So it’s fitting that a new Oprah exhibition in Washington, DC will explore the legacy of her illustrious, long-running career.

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show And American Culture will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture until June, 2019.

By exploring at her 25-year talk show career, the Oprah exhibition shines a spotlight on American history and culture, particularly issues surrounding power, gender and the media.

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“This exhibition examines the power of television,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s founding director, in a statement. “Just as Oprah Winfrey watched TV coverage of the civil rights movement and was shaped by the era in which she was born and raised, she has gone on to have a profound effect on how Americans view themselves and each other in the tumultuous decades that followed.”

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“She has a place in the museum with a long line of women who did extraordinary things in their time – Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Maya Angelou – women who worked to redeem the soul of America.”

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The Oprah exhibition is set up into three section: the first documenting her childhood, the second following her work on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the third focussing on how her legacy has influenced the world, changing public opinion and lives.

How To Get There

  • Fly Qantas to Dallas
  • Catch a connecting OneWorld flight to Washington, DC
  • Take the 5A toward Lenfant Plaza Station to D Street South West & 7th Street South West
  • Take the 52 towards 14th & Colorado to 14th Street & Jefferson Drive
  • Walk 400m
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture — 1400 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC

(All images: Lindsey Koren / Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)