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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 museum devoted to the Indians of the Western Hemisphere

This beautiful museum displays 1% of its vast collection devoted to the Indians of the Western Hemisphere. We were expecting to learn more about the various Indians Nations of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Macon, Georgia, United States
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Tucson, Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

I really enjoy learning about Native culture and history, but the museum did not live up to my expectations. I had been to the branch in NYC, and though smaller I enjoyed it more. The DC location has a confusing layout and a lot of the exhibits mix the artifacts and objects from all the tribes so much that it's... More 

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Cottondale, FL
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I went when the museum first opened and was not impressed. I just tried again and it is still a big, mostly empty building. The main floor has a large entrance and performance center. They usually have an individual or group doing something which is OK. The top floor exhibit was on treaties, but had very little in the way... More 

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Graham, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building, friendly staff, but not much to it. I would only recommend going in if you need a break from being outside. There is a movie that they recommend you do first. The theater was unique and interesting, but the movie wasn't that great. I think they are missing an opportunity to showcase so much more.

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Macon, Georgia, United States
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This beautiful museum displays 1% of its vast collection devoted to the Indians of the Western Hemisphere. We were expecting to learn more about the various Indians Nations of North America. This was the disappointment; otherwise, it was informative and beautifully displayed. We spent an enjoyable 4 hours there. 4.5/5 Service: Friendly and helpful museum staff 4.5/5. Value: "4.5/5" No... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

My wife and I came here for lunch on the recommendation of a friend. They have indian food from all regions of the Americas. It was very tasty.

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Derry
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The building itself is beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed looking at Native American artifacts such as clothing, toys, kayaks, etc. However, there really wasn't much to see considering the size of the building. I felt like they could have devoted a wing of one of the other Smithsonians to this group rather than create an entire, separate building. One great... More 

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Free entry which is always good. We started on the top floor and worked our way down. Lots of exhibits giving the history of American Indians. Makes one think about the bad way different races/countries treated the population. On the day of our visit various groups were performing (singing and dancing) on the ground floor. Rest rooms and refreshments are... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The museum did not impress me much but it is one of the best places to eat on the National Mall. Authentic food from different American Indian areas make for a delicious lunch. Even if you don't want to look around the galleries, walk over from Air and Space or Natural History for a much better meal than you'd get... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The building this is in is archetectually stunning I have to say. That's my best compliment. I was hoping for some old artifacts. Instead I got remakes donated from the early 2000s. The underlying story of the native people as it pertained to early America and the Americanization of the tribes was present. However it lacked the full nature and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I was very excited to visit this museum with my Native American ancestry. I felt like it was just walls upon walls of reading. All of the "artifacts" were replicas of just made within the last 10 years. This does not accurately depict the history of native Americans. The Museum of American History has much more Native American artifacts and... More 

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