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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Hamilton, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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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Ohio
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I have to say that with the possible exception of the Castle, this is the most beautiful Smithsonian building. The exterior is lovely and the interior is amazing. I only had time to see a fraction of this museum but wish I could have spent the whole day. It contains amazing displays and the areas I did get to see... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Museum architecture created by one of our Canadian architects. Architecture flows like our museum of civilizations/history in Gatineau..Ottawa area. Appreciated the section on Treaties with the various tribes, and learned a lot about the relocation of the Indians from East to WEst in the US. The artifacts were superb as were the examples of the various transportation by the various... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Honestly, this might be the worst Smithsonian museum. It's cool that it faces East for the sun, but that's about it. I didn't learn anything about American Indians except that they're still around, which I already knew. Wish it was a lot more informative.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This museum is fresh! The outside building colors and waterfall took me back to the Arizona plains. The inside is just as lovely. We decided to have lunch first, then tour. We shared an Indian taco [huge, big enough for two ] with bison and veggies. Then we toured. The gift shop has not only American native crafts but crafts... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Very rich in the background and belief systems of various native peoples of the Americas. Light on history. Since most people probably don't have that background, this is not a bad thing.

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New Lenox, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We started the day at the air and space next door but it was mobbed with people. My daughter who is 8 said she read about this museum in her dc kids guide. she suggested we go for lunch which we did. She had bison chili and fry bread, I had a delicious trout platter and my son 6 had... More 

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