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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  • Fantastic displays and well organized. The person at the front desk suggested we start on the fourth floor. Made our way through and enjoyed so much of the beauty.  more »
  • If you are interested in the heritage and culture of American Indians, this museum could be interesting for you. You have an opportunity to have deeper insight of the different tribes located in diffe...  more »
  • I have Native American ancestors (Mohawk) but my wife and just didn't think the exhibits were as substantive as they could have been. Note my ancestors were from the Northeast of the US. If you look i...  more »
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  • Fantastic museum with great design. Check out the audio tours and information about the architecture, worth while. Inside you start at the top floor, it does make a difference, and then work your way down. Great rotating exhibits and ones that are part of the permanent collection. The cafeteria is worth a visit, great options representing different native populations. Definitely pricey, but some decent priced options are available.
  • This was really disappointing. My husband and I were really excited as the building looks massive on the outside, but most of the space is wasted on a giant open circle toward the front. I'd say a good half of the square footage is taken up by the circle. The exhibits themselves were of varying quality. The Americans one was basically a 70/30 split of "The Trail of Tears did some good things for the US"/"But it kinda sucked for the Native Americans" and "Pocahontas was a white people hero"/"even though she was kinda traded off/married for peace." Really a shame how "white people aren't terrible" it sounded. Not quite sure why the Incas had an entire exhibit, but the rest of the tribes were squeezed together in two. And the Aztecs are curiously completely omitted. The cafĂ© is actually really good, though a touch pricey. And the Inca exhibit was well done. Other than that, this museum feels more like a token so the government can say, "See, we care!"
  • Beautiful museum, great food court, but there are some kinks this *relatively * new museum needs to work out. There isn't a lot of content, so you could probably breeze through this quickly if you're in DC as a tourist and have limited time. The flow of the exhibits is disjoint, and I feel like the museum is focused too much on the American perspective than that of the native American peoples. This is a great place to chill, listen to the fountain and eat the food, but it almost feels more like an event space rather than a museum. I still love it, because it's such a gorgeous, peaceful and chill place.
  • WOW! I've always enjoyed learning history on the Native Americans. This learning experience is amazing! So much attention to detail and the story's that go with objects on display are truly significant! All the museum's are amazing but this one is my favorite that history is being remembered for the people that were first on this land
  • This is a good museum if the first American peoples. There is a lot of good displays and some great history to learn from. There is an area for kids where they can play and touch things while they learn about history. Didn't get a chance to taste the food but it really looked delicious! Definitely worth a stop if the American Indian is something you are interested in!
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