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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 #83 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dubbo, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I felt there was something missing in this museum. I was really looking forward to the visit but felt when compared to the other Smithsonian's, it was a bit light on. Perhaps if there were more guides there it would have been better because then you could ask a question or two. I will go back but i would need... More

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Burke, Virginia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building outside, and interior reminiscent of the Guggenheim in New York. Great exhibits of native American cultures. Extremely interesting and informative. Beautiful clothing exhibits. Great for the family. The cafeteria specializes in native cuisines from tacos (for Central America) to cedar-planked baked salmon (for Alaska). The food is delicious. It's a bit pricey, but for a change, it's well... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Being a part of the Smithsonian, I expected a little more. While the displays are very attractive and very well done, they were confusing. As we wandered around, it wasn't always clear which tribe you were learning about. It would be nice if there was a standard display at the transition between tribes that would orient you as to which... More

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Lexington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

When the sun shines the building glows a golden hue and makes one think of the west. This is a nice little museum. It seems to be more about gift shops and food than exhibits. But, it is certainly worth a visit. By the way, you might want to skip the overpriced cafeteria--the food is OK but not great.

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Wauna,Wa.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The cafe was incredible divided by tribal food. The exhibits were good, suffered a bit from trying to cover first peoples from Alaska and Quebec all the way to Costa Rica and the Caribbean . Great stop though for food with history to boot

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Sarasota, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Somehow the government led genocide of the native americans was not mentioned. As you enter you see a history of the Cherokee - but mention of the Trail of Tears was conveniently missing. That pretty much sums it up. This is not an accurate history of Native Americans. With all respect to the tribes who participated in the creation of... More

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I lived in and around DC for about 15 years and this is one of the museums I kept coming back to. I especially enjoyed the dining, while it is expensive (what museum dining isn't though!) it is always something new and delicious. I am looking forward to going back

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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC traces the history of Indian heritage and culture within the Americas. It provides great insight into their strong connection with nature & the land; as well as the spirit that binds them together. If you choose to visit, I would recommend starting with the program at the Lelawi Theater called... More

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Evergreen, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Lots of interesting things to see and learn about- the museum has a fantastic hands-on area for children. Ours for to do a canoe balance game and build an Igloo with some other kids.

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Santiago, Chile
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192 reviews 192 reviews
7 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a great one. I can see why people who have never visited a Native Indian museum could be disappointed as the Smithsonian is not about their whole history. This museum is about hope, the present and somewhat future, it proudly shows that nations/tribes are still around. I've been fond of Native American Indians since I was a kid... More

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