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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number:
+1 202-633-1000
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art,...

The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art, historical and cultural objects from Native Indian communities in the Hemisphere.

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Communing with nature, beautiful handicrafts, and proud people with good cause - this is the Indian Nation as represented in the Museum of the American Indian. The Mitsitam Cafe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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Evansville, Indiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were disappointed in this museum, after seeing the Air and Space Museum, and the Museum of Natural History, and the Botanical Gardens. However, I must say, we ate in the cafeteria, and the food was fabulous. We would go there again to eat, but skip the rest of the exhibits.

Thank Shelley H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not much detail if you ask me! Confusing layout and artifacts are laking. Seemed more commercial than historic. Worker on the art section talking about how he would be a fool to take his discipline. Four of them standing around talking loud.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Communing with nature, beautiful handicrafts, and proud people with good cause - this is the Indian Nation as represented in the Museum of the American Indian. The Mitsitam Cafe offers a great variety of foods - do try the bison elk burger, so good.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The outlay is quite confusing but overall, very worthy of being part of the Smithsonian museums. The tour could be a lot shorter and concise. The official film on the top floor needs subtitles. Beautiful building and the best cafeteria on the Mall. The shop is bitty, of all the merchandise there is ily one tee that officially says the... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a descendant of Blackfoot, Karuk, and Seneca tribes, I found the information wonderfully presented. My Grandfather was born on the Blackfoot reservation in the early 1900's, taken from his family and shipped out to an Indian boarding school where he met my Grandmother. I found the quote, "The soldiers came and rounded up...the Blackfeet children...None of wanted to go... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The focus was far too much about how the settlers took over their land, the treaties and an apology to the Native Americans. There was hardly any information about them as a people! We came out feeling like we knew no more about them than when we went in! Think this was created by 'American's for 'Americans'. Also......shouldn't the museum... More 

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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the best attraction for the trip. Even though I was very aware of how the white men had dealt with the Indians, I was moved by some of the exhibits, which filled in some of the details for me. Take your children.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By blending tradition and modern expressions of native American heritage, this museum gave us an intimate view of what it meant and still means to belong to one of the many tribes. It covers the whole of the Americas. The Inka exhibiition was one of the best part. Less we forget, the different interpretations of North West, East and South,... More 

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san diego, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A large museum that will make your heart soar with the beauty and traditions of our Native American cultures. A journey across this great land to learn about the the history, traditions, art, music, and tribal culture. A museum that covers the treaties and the horrific treatment we have given our indigenous peoples from their perspective. Part of the exhibit... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is great if you are into Indian stuff and I am not. I do like the cafe that serves Indian foods from around the nation.

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