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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 #89 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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Lansing, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Very interesting museum. It makes you really appreciate the American Indian which so many people just do not do. The exhibits and movies/films are very moving. The restaurant is a must as the offerings are excellent and very reasonable.

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I am a voting member of the Chickasaw Nation so I was a bit disappointed that there was not more info on the Chickasaws, but they have done a wonderful job on showing how progress has helped destroy many of the tribes that existed at the time of Columbus and the advances activists have made in helping advocate for the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The Museum of the American Indian is housed in a building which looks like a wind eroded cliff and has a water sculpture creek along one side. The cafe serves food which is typical for various Indian tribes and regions. If you're lucky, you'll be able to eat watching the creek's water falling down a cascade. The standing collection is... More 

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The museum includes cultural history of Indians of the Western Hemisphere, not just US. We've all studied US and European history. This exhibit helps fill in a lot of gaps that most of us have. These cultures are a lot more sophisticated than I had appreciated. (BTW I never thought I'd tout a museum restaurant, but this one has food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This museum has got a wealth of information that left me inspired to learn more. We only managed to do the top floor of the museum (it has 4 levels) in the two hours we were here. There is a great number of displays accompanied by stories and timelines. There were a lot of things I was not aware of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We combined this visit with one to the Botanic Gardens across the street. We were with children (ages 4 & 7). Our first stop was the Botanic Gardens which we enjoyed very much. After that we were ready for lunch and decided to try the Mitsitam Cafe at the Museum of the American Indian across the street before looking at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I have heard so much about the National American Indian Museum because of its wide variety of American Indian/South American food. I visited its Zagat-rated canteen in Nov 2014 and was so impressed with the value, the quality and the popularity of its food that was worth every cent! Definitely recommend this place for lunch in between visits!

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The museum had a feeling of peace about it, I loved the organic shape of the building, the layout of the exhibits, the interactive areas for the children and young at heart. The staff were well informed and helpful, the gift shop was amazing and the Apple sauce cake in the cafe was wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

By its very title, you expect something like a history of the Cherokees as you find in NC. This is soooo far above that by including Indians from all over the world. My spouse spent time in both Central America and childhood years in South America. He was spellbound by the exhibits that included all Indian cultures of many tribes.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The joy begins is viewing the exterior building, with curving sides, earth-toned colors, whispering water features. One of the central features of the ground floor are magnificent fishing boats carved and woven. The next three floors provide insight into the lifestyles, dress and cultures of all the tribes in north america. If one is open to look read and learn... More 

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