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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  • If this is a first Smithsonian stop there are better choices. The museum has some interesting artifacts and exhibits, but it feels like there could be so much more like most Smithsonian museums are. S...  more »
  • I was warned that it wasn't great and should have listened. The building has so much wasted space. I can't believe the smithsonian doesn't have better pieces they could put on display. The main exhibi...  more »
  • This museum is beautiful - gorgeous architecture both outside and in. It is a bit overwhelming - I highly recommend a docent tour (or three!). The museum was designed in collaboration with many tribes...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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