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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 20013
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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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Not an easy museum to visit, but a must see. The museum exposes the untold truth of our exploitation and killing of Native Americans. Lots of information packed into this museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Sykesville, Maryland
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Tabor City, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour guide suggested eating in the restaurant, saying it was one of the best places to eat in DC. It was not! It was incredibly overpriced and not good. My son had the bison burger, which was terribly gamey. I had the chili rellano which was good but the small little pepper was not worth $15.

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the museum on Thanksgiving day and perfect timing. There was a couple of visiting dance groups. Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) from Vancouver B.C. and the award-winning multi-generational Tsimshian dancers Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim (Our Own Dance in Our Hearts) from Southeast Alaska. They were fantastic. I loved the museum exhibits too. Will be sure to visit... More 

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Sykesville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not an easy museum to visit, but a must see. The museum exposes the untold truth of our exploitation and killing of Native Americans. Lots of information packed into this museum and I found myself feeling overwhelmed. The layout is a bit confusing but overall a very worthwhile experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So, may be I had built a lot in my mind for this one! I loved the architecture (pueblo type) and various canoes on the first floor - some really impressive work and diverse! The historical perspective was good. Food their is good - thought not very impressive (my corn bread was dry - very brittle). Overall, I felt that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were walking through the mall and noticed the great exterior architecture. We then went in and saw some great exhibits and a show about the Inuit people. There was also an interesting exhibit on Hawaii. Definitely worth a few hours on your next trip to D.C.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the architecture of this building it's super modern. The exhibits didn't give a lot of history of the Indians and there wasn't a lot of artifacts. There were a lot of videos you could watch of an Indian's personal experience. It seems like they are trying to create sympathy for the American Indian people and their plight today... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful museum with great organization and presentations. The whole family enjoyed the museum and seemed impressed with its presentation. Very interesting displays and amazing artifacts. The gift shop had a unique variety of 'wares,' that should meet the interest of everyone! We didn't have a need to visit the cafes, however, it was highly recommended with great... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally, a perfect home for the philosophy and cultural practices of the men and women who lived in the 'New World' long before any colonists or conquerors arrived. Beautifully conceived and managed by indigenous organizations, the museum' s grounds--a living wetlands on the National Mall--declares you are entering a world-view quite distinct from one based on the latest technology and... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There weren't enough exhibits of artifacts or maps or cultural displays. There were too many shopping opportunities. And a lot of empty space. The only good exhibit was a temporary one on the Inca. That actually had good content, good selection of artifacts, and good organization and display

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I agree with the other reviewers that more thought went into the architecture of the building than the exhibits inside. I wish there would have been more interactive displays that focus on Native American dwellings, religion, food, music, and art. I did enjoy seeing the artifacts and watching a short historical film. This museum is definitely worth seeing.

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