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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20013
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art...
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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Beautiful artifacts !

There are no sharp lines on the outside of the building. The 3 screen movie is incredible in its beauty and audio. If you go you must try the dining area. The food was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We called in to initially use the restaurant before we viewed the museum as we didn't like the food available at the next door Aviation Museum restaurant and would say this was a really good museum to gain a view of the American Indian Culture. It was quieter when we went which meant we spent more time on the floors... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I have lived in New Mexico and visited most important Native American sites in both NM and Arizona. I have very familiar with southwestern art, crafts, culture, and history. I have a pretty good working knowledge of several other tribes. One of my favorite museums for American Indian culture and art is the Heard in museum. I was expecting the... More 

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Senoia, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Granted, I do love Native American history so I naturally loved this museum. The exhibits were great. We loved that the information desk told us the best way to view the museum was to start with a short film on the 4th floor and work your way down. The film they showed was on the coolest theater I've ever seen.... More 

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Yucaipa
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

My husband is a Crazy Horse/Little Big Horn history fanatic. Has been to the Gene Autry Museum in LA, the Southwestern Museum in LA County, and the Little Big Horn battlefield, so he was excited to go to the American Indian museum as part of the Smithsonian. What a letdown. Lovely building (if most of the space was taken up... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There are no sharp lines on the outside of the building. The 3 screen movie is incredible in its beauty and audio. If you go you must try the dining area. The food was incredible and the prices, unlike the other museums, was very affordable.

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We had a really good time here and learned a lot. The building exterior is unique and drew us in. Our 8 & 6 year olds were surprisingly interested in all the artifacts and pictures. The museum is set up very well with plenty to see. There is a youth activity center that the kids really enjoyed on the third... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went during the Cherry Blossom Festival so I did not get to spend as much time as I would have liked. However the Cherokee exhibits and live presentations were great. I especially enjoyed the youth singing. The exhibits on past events were presented in a way that both conveyed the historical facts and some of the different views of... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I was a bit disappointed with the overall museum. I was hoping for practical and tangible lessons about American Indians, their history, and ways of life. The 4th floor was where you start and it was mostly a lesson in the spiritual aspects of their life, interesting, but confusing and not what I was hoping to learn. On the 3rd... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This museum is by far my favorite of all of the museums on the National Mall. There is no other museuim of its calibre in the country, with the possible exception of the Native American Museum in Phoenix. Everything is thought provoking and well documented. The artifacts outstanding. We think we know about the history of these peoples, until we... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

the best put together museum of this nature I have seen anywhere. It tells the story of what really happened and is not afraid to show what the 'white man' did in all its horror.

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