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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 #92 of 232 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

A museum which tells the history of indigenous peoples from their perspective, not a curated museum of "collected items". I was pleasantly surprised to find it was much more than American collections - Canadian, Mexican, South American too. We spent three hours, saw everything. The film is wonderful - the room, projection is very creative. The cafeteria was truly amazing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice place, lots of artefacts, each with it's own story, a definately must see. The tomahawks collection impressed me, and I ended up buying dream cathchers for the whole family. On the other hand, despite it's location in this lage building, I have to be honest and say that I would have better visiting all of that in a museum... More

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Milford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We didn't have time to see the entire museum, so I can't say too much about what was there or not there. I loved the movie on the 4th floor! They used the dome ceiling, textiles as screens, and a rock in the center of the room all as visual screens. It was an amazing experience! The beadwork that was... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The Muskogee/Creek Nation was represented by singers and dancers who performed in the atrium as we arrived and during our visit. They brought crafts, brochures, and individuals both young and old who could tell about the history of their tribe. A sad history, of course. The exhibits don't hide anything about the way the White Man made promises and treaties... More

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Dover, PA
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My husband and I went over to the Cafe in this museum after being confronted with McDonald choices at the National Air and Space Museum. We were so excited to find another option to eat at that was so close. On the downside this is Not a cheap place to eat well. On the up side, the Elk Burger with... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My family - adults and children alike - really enjoyed this museum. The open rotunda by the entrance makes for an incredible place for kids to stretch their legs, groups to meet up, and photo buffs to click pictures. Then, take the elevator to the 4th floor where a unusual 15 minute movie is projected in a theater in the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The American Indian history is very interesting, but I did not find that this was represented at the museum, the museum pieces were too contemporary.

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Orlando, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The outside of the building is beautiful and unique as is the interior. The exhibits are informative, colorful, soundful, and exhaustive! The food court is the best feature, although a bit pricey, the food is great as it reflects the museum's context. This is a must see for all visitors to DC.

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Dallas, Texas
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

First trip to this museum - we travel to DC annually and try to see a new Smithsonian exhibit each time which resulted in our first visit here. While we're somewhat familiar with some of the tribes (at least in the midwest where we grew up), there are many more tribes shown, including ones in South America and Alaska so... More

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It looks gorgeous from the outside, but inside - there's a lot of empty space. I did like the temporary exhibits - one on selected treaties between the US and various Indian nations, and one on Central American ceramics - but I was hoping for more about the history of people in the Americas before European contact.

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