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“A little crowded, but a great collection”

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Ranked #7 of 24 things to do in Evanston
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Owner description: Focusing exclusively on the history and culture of North American native civilizations, the collections range from the Paleo-Indian period through present day.
Evanston, IL
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A little crowded, but a great collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

There's representation in artifacts and artworks by native tribes from all over the US, as well as a section that discusses what it means to be Native American today. Very informative, if in a fairly small space.

Visited January 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“good for K-12 school field trips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

On the surface, this museum is tiny compares to Field Museum. However, the American Indian and Alaskan native artifacts are Mitchell's sole focus. It has lots of hands-on/interactive exhibits for K-12's. I was intrigued by the two dozen black-n-white portraits in the "atrium" area, as well as educational, social, cultural and religious trends, evolving from exclusions to inclusions. The who-is-who noteworthy's are the second floor is informative, as I did not know Jim Thorpe is of Native American ancestry. Well worth the $5 spent for the 1-hour self-guided tour.

Visited June 2014
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“local treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This museum is currently without a curator, but is still an excellent combo of permanent and temporary exhibits. There are over 10,000 artifacts in the collection (most in storage) -- so each area (Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic) features the best highlights and samples.
The entrance fees are very reasonable; the staff is friendly and helpful; the self-guided tour brochure is easy to follow.
A current exhibit, "Moccasins: Steps Through Time," is small but nicely done.
There is free kid craft programming (for ages 5 and up) on weekends -- 11-12 on Saturday and 12:30 - 1:30 on Sunday. Take-home crafts still to be offered this summer include quill boxes, woven baskets, loom beading or weaving, dream catchers, and others. Call the museum for the schedule.
There is a small, free parking lot behind the building.
Fun and educational!

Visited May 2014
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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“Very Nice!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

I really enjoyed this museum and everyone was so nice. My favorite part was the children's craft for my kids. The volunteer made my daughter think when doing the craft. It was not just a simple artwork. My daughter learned about how the Native Americans survived when creating a canoe out of cardboard and other scraps of material.

Visited May 2014
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Long Island, New York
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“Small, but informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

It's a pretty small museum, but informative, and well-organized (by regions and tribes). I was also very impressed with the incredibly enthusiastic staff there. As said before, there's lots of hands-on stuff for kids, but everybody can take something away from the variety of displayed artifacts there.

We got through in about an hour, but part of the exhibition was being renovated. So maybe the typical time is more like an hour and a half.

Visited January 2014
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