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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 #100 of 253 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum doesn't work for me at all. I want to hear the story of how the tribes arrived in the Americas, how they spread and their history. I want to understand the interaction/conflict with the colonising Europeans. I want to understand the different ways they lived (plains Indians, settled eastern tribes, metal working Incas etc). The museum seems uninterested... More

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Naples, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We were trying to visit some different museums as some really draw the crowds. This was a good stop for a shorter time and we saw a good movie in the theater. Glad we stopped here.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

When friends found out I was visiting this museum, they all told me the food was by far the best part. And they weren't wrong. Plan on going hungry and trying the regional foods that change against the season. After my first visit here, I would stop by on my lunch during the week for a meal to make sure... More

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Saline, Michigan
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31 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A graceful building, no admission, café was quick with interesting/pleasant choices, and nice gift shop. The introductory film was a good one. The in-depth tour of 1+ hour was not scheduled the day of my visit (Friday) but there was a 30 minute+ one. The presenter/ guide was proud and noted in his presentation that his ancestors were early arrivals... More

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White River, South Africa
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Start with the extremely beautiful video presentation introducing you to the general concept of Indian tribes from the North Pole to south America. The display, over four floors, are very good, and there are lots of visuals and videos and sound. There is a great place for children to interact too. We learned so much of the various American Indian... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

While in DC recently the family took a tour of the new Native American museum. I believe we wasted our time on this place. we followed the instructions and watched the short movie, that was interesting and used some unique special effects but as we toured the museum we found that only a scarce bit of the native American tribes... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Brought out 4.5 year old here, and she loved the interactive activity area on the third floor especially building an igloo, making a pendant and weaving a basket. The movie held her interest too. The cafeteria had great tasting healthy food, albeit a bit pricey. Probably the best museum food in the area. There was a lot of interesting information... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a wonderful museum. I never knew their were so many different groups of Native Americans. There were names I never heard. So much history, sadness and struggle; but also pride, joy, perseverance. A must see.

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Bay City
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I love museums and have visited dozens all over the U.S. and in many other countries . After reading the description of this museum in Fodor's I knew I had to see it. Well, what a disappointment. One floor displayed four canoes and housed the cafeteria. Another floor was the gift shop and an extremely odd photo display. I know... More

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Kenton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I was interested in see this museum since my great grandmother was full blooded blackfoot indian. I thought it concentrated more on the indians in other countries. Nothing on the blackfoot indian that i could find. I thought it would be more divided into the different american tribes.

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