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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
Phone Number: 2026331000
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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 the real deal and it has real Indians giving the tours too. My wife has Indian blood and that beautiful black coarse hair that Indian princesses are known for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Baton Rouge, United States

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Baton Rouge, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This Museum is the real deal and it has real Indians giving the tours too. My wife has Indian blood and that beautiful black coarse hair that Indian princesses are known for. Well, so did our tour guide. She was a real modern day Indian princess and my entire family felt special being guided by her through the relatively new... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building...but my appreciation stopped there. Once inside we were greeted with a band playing at ear-bleeding volume, that didn't appear to have anything to do with Native Americans, nor did the covers they were playing. We wandered around the open layout, almost devoid of signage, hoping for artifacts, displays, research, anything...and were sorely disappointed. The exhibit halls (only 2... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The National Museum of the American Indian is an extraordinary tribute to all of the tribes in the U.S. as well as a guide to other tribal cultures. The architecture of the museum and the outside environs are meaningful, offering learnings wherever you step. Families heads up! This is a perfect museum for you! The museum offers a unique experience... More 

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Warren, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Since this was the National Museum, we expected it to be of our nation's tribes. There was some of that but most was of modern tribes of North, Central, and South America. There was a very nice movie to set the tone but the museum did not continue that experience. There is inconsistent information from tribe to tribe, the flow... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Although I found this place to be fairly interesting, the layout seemed a little haphazard. More people should be aware of the original inhabitants of this country and what it cost them when Europeans "discovered" this country.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC has many nice exhibits. There are four floors to see the various attractions that are very informative. There are stores on two of the levels to buy clothes, collectibles, food, jewelry and other nice American Indian items.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Spent over 2 hours here and barely scraped the surface. Started at the top, level 4, with the introductory video which was exceptionally insightful. Only covered this floor and learnt so much. Yet again some stunning displays and an exceptional view on these really recent historical events.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I got the chills in this museum, I am glad the Native Americans are getting the recognition they deserve and the history says it all, they were here FIRST. We really are a land of immigrants. God bless them and America!

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Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is about the cultures of the various Native peoples of the Americas, (past, present and future) and is not just about the history. So, they don't have a lot of ancient artifacts, if that's what you're after. It's more of a thought-provoking experience than a history lesson. However, there are some history lessons to be had. The extensive... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Where's the pre-colonial history? Where's the fascinating story of the origins of the American Indian? Where's the study of the music and ritual? Maybe it's all contained in the film they recommend that you watch yet, inexplicably, was not showing that afternoon. Post colonial history has been sanitised so as not to upset the kids. The section on treaties is... More 

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