National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

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National Museum of the American Indian represents the first museum of its kind in America designed as a living display of the lives, history, and archaeology of the native peoples of the Americas. Part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of famous national museums in Washington, D.C., the facility's limestone facade and interior design were created with the help of prominent Native American groups. You can explore the museum's 800,000 objects on display, as well as its library and archives containing more than 120,000 photographs. Wander through the different regions of the Western Hemisphere, including the Amazon, Andes, California, Great Basin, Pacific Northwest, Mesoamerica, and more, and learn about the tribes and traditions. Check the museum's website for information on special events and traditional performances, temporary exhibits, and guided tours. Plan to visit National Museum of the American Indian and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Washington DC attractions using our Washington DC trip maker tool .
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  • October 4, 2017
    III arrived prior to opening which allowed me time to tour the entire outside without crowds of people. The exhibits on the outside allow you to begin to open you mind to the stories inside. The "rive...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    While we were there a band was playing beautiful worship music, it was breathtaking and everybody was in awe. My only complaint was the set up of the museum. I would have loved to see an area divided ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Those who were her before the Europeans were not one people but many. Each had a rich and diverse culture from which we can learn a great deal. This is a place where you can learn and appreciate much....  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    It seems this museum has, for lack of a better phrase, some identity issues. There's a nice chronological explanation of the trail of tears, yet I exited without a feeling of having gained any insight. It's confusing which tribes story that's being narrated. It seems that the best cultural insight is gained in the restaurant, which is delicious. I've heard local museums around the country are more insightful
  • June 7, 2017
    This place is good for field trips or fun! It's packed with relatable knowledge about ancient Native American tribes and people. After soaking in all these facts, you might be hungry! Not to worry, cause downstairs lies a great cafe with the most delicious Buffalo Burgers ever!
  • June 21, 2017
    what a great place it's a huge building lots of marble nice paintings on the ceiling people were friendly will give you a tour but you have to get checked your metal detectors like an airport in the middle the tactor you know so you don't bring anything you're not supposed to bring in there. There's an exhibit on fashion of Native Americans and Central American objects including pots from Honduras and also Apache and other tribes in the infinity of nations exhibit I really recommend you see it
  • June 27, 2017
    I will tell you that the museum was great. However the cafe was extremely expensive $51.00 dollars for burger with chips (no substitutions) so I order fries (which were cold). My daughter order four side for the different groups. The people behind the counter were talking about sex and be drunk. Horrible experience. My wife's food was $45.00 for a small plate of device and some fruits. Could have went to a nice restaurant for that cost.
  • June 14, 2017
    An incredible journey through our nation's true history. I'm completely humbled to now know the extent of which the Native American people carry themselves. Their loyalty to this land, nation, and inhabitants despite the unimaginable hardships they've faced. Is both humbling and inspiring.

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