National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.3/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web
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. Make National Museum of the American Indian part of your personalized Washington DC itinerary using our Washington DC itinerary maker.
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  • Compared to the new African American History and Culture Museum, which is packed with information and visual displays, this museum feels sparse. It feels more like an art gallery - lots of open, unuse...  read more »
  • This is good for all ages, our little one loved the displays and interactive exhibits. Well organized. The restaurant was great, our little one tried buffalo and liked it. He is a picky eater so it mu...  read more »
  • It is nice to see our national museums devoting space to our indigenous peoples. The museum covers a good selection of the different peoples from all over the Americas. The information is not in depth...  read more »
  • While the subject matter is limited, this is a good museum. I wanted to know more about the natives of North America. Most of the exhibits are about Central and South America. I didn't see anything about the Inuits. Half of the museum was under construction, so that might be why some content was missing. There are a few interactive displays to keep the children interested. There is a play/education area for children, but a sign stated that you had to reserve a time for your children to use it before your visit. So, it was effectively closed.
  • Very interesting collection. The information provided is easy to understand for all ages. A very quiet museum. The restaurant is very interesting - food provided is a regional selection from Native American Cultures.
  • The museum was nice but the displays were more like information boards. Not many items to see. Not overly in depth. There were little interactive screens I would assume were for children in a few areas. Everyone I had spoken to loved the cafe. I didn't. It was ok.
  • This is not just a traditional "cabinet of curiosities". This museum is as much on the outside as on the inside. While there are plenty of exhibits, they are only part of the story. This museum should be experienced as a living and vibrant collective of cultures that are as much about today as yesterday. Interaction with people who visit and share their stories, the land surrounding the museum, and the magnificent architecture that is simultaneously contemporary and ancient are a brilliant weaving of the journeys of a VERY wide range of people and their cultures.
  • We loved the movie on the top floor. The children's play area was lots of fun for the kids. The had lots of hands on things like building an igloo, skateboarding, riding in a kayak, and different homes. We also enjoyed the little reading room full of children's literature.
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