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National Museum of the American Indian

National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20013 (National Mall)
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #95 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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Toronto
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We often hear about disputes with Natives in the news - it's refreshing to learn about their history and beliefs from the perspectives of the different tribes throughout North America. We were fortunate to visit on a day there was dancing and drumming going on as well. Also nice gardens around the exterior.

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Indiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate to go to the American Indian museum just before the Pokagon Band began its very special drum and dance program. It was held in the pavilion close to the entrance to the museum, lots of seating available, and the program was beautiful. The museum has different events like this taking place over periods of time so if... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The American Indian museum is a nice museum and a great piece of architecture. But the best thing is the cafeteria. Great salmon and other native inspired food. Don't just stop at the first station, but look around first before you decide what to eat. The food is a 180 degree difference from the McD's at the Air & Space... More

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Illinois US
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28 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

No kidding, this museum has the best food on the mall. You'll see many local Federal workers in the restaurant area. It's in a nice museum too. After a morning of walking and seeing the attractions on the mall don't settle for a crummy hot dog...eat here. Upon entry go right and down the short flight of steps and around... More

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Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Many years ago my husband and I visited the museum and I remembered being disappointed. This time around, I was visiting DC with my nephews and they loved the outside of the building and wanted to go in, so we did, and it was just as disappointing. The exhibits are so bland, there is really nothing of depth about the... More

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Midland City, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately after several hours we found that it was closing time before we made it to information about the Cherokee & South Eastern tribes. We will have to return. The cafeteria was really interesting, although a little pricy. The exhibits were of good quality, but I was hoping for greater detail. I thought there was too much commercialism going on... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had heard poor reviews of this museum and originally did not plan to visit it. When we first drove through the Mall area, we were really enamored with the outside of the building. It looked different than the other museums, and we decided to visit. The outside of the build is made of sandstone and is very curvy. At... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This museum should be called the "National Museum of Some American Indians." It provided art and photos of little known tribes in Central America and above the Arctic Circle. Of course there were artifacts from Indians of the West and Plains regions, but there was no mention of huge tribes like the Hopi, Apache, Seminoles, Chippewas, Iroquois, Sioux, Cherokee and... More

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Wind Lake, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We road tripped to DC for our father to visit this "must see" museum. Being that we are native american we were expecting...HISTORICAL ITEMS...what we did see was a lot of art and artifacts without any written history. We were not disappointed by any means, we just expected something different..would have liked to have seen history of tribes. Just not... More

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I spent maybe an hour here, just looking at all the items on display. There is 4 or 5 levels and there is also a gift shop plus a restaurant. I would have liked to have spent longer here but all in all it was an interesting place and best of all it was free to enter!

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