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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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Ranked #99 of 257 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
22 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The exterior of the museum is impressive but that's where it finishes. I am afraid that I was sorely disappointed with the actual museum.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We found this museum to be a little disappointing, especially compared to the others in the area. My wife is Navajo and Laguna Pueblo and we live in the southwest so we have seen many great native american collections and sites. This museum seemed to barely touch on the southwestern tribes. There also were fewer exhibits than we expected, and... More

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My son has a passionate interest in the history of the American Indian and was highly disappointed at the sanitised presentation with little apparent acknowledgement made of the plight of the Indian Nations. We stayed only around half an hour as a result of this.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Having lived for years in the Southwest, this museum was relatively small. However, it was just beautiful - and did include native cultures from all over. I learned about areas that I honestly didn't know much about. Includes both historical aspects of tribes and some current information. The best part of this museum - and not well known is the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Make sure to see the video upstairs early in your visit, it is a wonderful way to start. I have not seen an exhibit here that was not very well done. What cannot be missed in the cafeteria, which has foods from indigenous cultures throughout the US.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have long been drawn to Native American culture, so I was eager to visit this museum. The architecture, and the grounds are impressive and invoke a feeling of the American Indian. Inside though I was disappointed. It is a new museum with many graphics, and touchscreen videos, but I wasn't that interested in the actual artifacts. I think there... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This museum was both educational and entertaining.The exhibits were laid out in a way you could view them with out feeling rushed. The collection of photos and artifacts from the different tribes were well thought out and easy to view.The grounds were gardens and statues.A water feature to resemble a river was pleasant to look at. The museum cafe was... More

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New Lenox, Illinois
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Spend at least 5 minutes appreciating the exterior of this museum. The wonderful curving lines, water features & landscaping combine into a work of art. One of the most striking buildings we saw on our visit. On entering you are urged to go to the top floor for the orientation movie in a small round theater. It was a unique... More

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We visited here after the space museum and wished we had given it a miss in favour of one of the other museums or art galleries. It was interesting but repetitive and very slow and laid back. We wish we had gone to the art gallery instead. It does have better refreshment facilities than the space museum though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The museum opened in 2004, and includes more than a million objects, archival documents, photographs and films. often under the guidance of designed Native community representatives and elders. The architecture of the museum was designed Douglas Cardinal (Blackfoot) and a team of project and landscape architects. The building is a structure in which nature's rough beauty and architecture's creativity come... More

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