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National Museum of the American Indian

Address: National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20013 (National Mall)
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Ranked #86 of 243 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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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Although this was my least favourite of the museums that isn't to say that it wasn't great too. There's lots to see and I learned a great deal. There was handmade craft to be purchased in the pavilion and an easy layout to walk through the exhibits. I wouldn't skip it!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We initially came to eat lunch at the restaurant, after a colleague's recommendation. We appreciated the quality of the food there. We found a good variety, healthy and tasty choices, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. After a nearby meeting, we came back to explore the rest of the museum. While it's very beautiful and open, we were disappointed in... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Beautiful, informative, inspiring, touching. Those are the words we used to describe our visit to this magnificent museum! The exhibits are so well done. They give a glimpse into the "feelings" and the sense of the various Native American cultures while "opening the doors" to allow us to see inside and learn what life was like before the Europeans arrived... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Very engaging and informative exhibits. The crowning jewel is the restaurant, which serves well-priced and thoughtfully-prepared food inspired by four regions of the country. A nice surprise at the end of an informative visit.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I was really expecting North American Indian history, not all of North and South American. I was intrigued by so many similarities. I really underestimated the time we needed to allot for all of it. Do not miss the café here! It was worth a special trip, if not a walk the length of the entire Capitol mall

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Charlotte
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was great to learn a little bit more about my ancestors and what they went through and continue to go through. Visit this museum and take they kids... it's a humbling experience filled with plenty of easy to understand interactive educational moments.

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Brisbane
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136 reviews 136 reviews
62 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We didn't have time to check out the entire museum. We did find interesting the comprehensive temporary exhibition on the top level about varying Indian tribes and their sometimes tragic histories. we were pleased though to also see positive stories and very much enjoyed the wonderful artistic displays. We did make our way here initially to eat a late lunch... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I'd avoided this museum for years given the poor reviews, but hoped that they'd worked out all the problems. Nope. There are individual galleries with well-laid out temporary exhibits, but mostly, you wander around trying to make sense of the place. Permanent exhibits don't follow any unifying logic -- things are not arranged by geography, nation, region, tribe, chronology or... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Gave us a unique perspective of Native American history in a North America. During our first trip, to this museum, we tried to see any exhibits, but we focused much our our time on the top floor which featured many of the broken promises and treaties between US government and Indian Nations. The story told is a real downer. To... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The building itself is beautiful and as someone who's into architecture the outside and inside is very aesthetically pleasing. The museum almost looks minimalist so you don't get flooded with too much information at once but their exhibits on Native Americans seems quite comprehensive. If you have some extra money, grab some food from the cafeteria. It has traditionally cooked... More 

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