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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 #88 of 461 things to do 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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Greenfield, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum twice during our 5-day stay in the DC area, we liked it so much. Not only is it full of gorgeous pieces of Indian life: jewelry, clothing, tools, canoes, weapons, and the like but it also has a delightful theater experience and many interactive activities for both adults and children. The history of many tribes is... More 

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Glade Park, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Of all the Smithsonian museums I've visited, the National Museum of the American Indian, not far from the Capitol, is my favorite. When you visit, be sure to begin with the orientation multimedia presentation (it's much more than a video!) on the fourth floor. Then proceed to the interconnected displays on the rest of the fourth and third floors. The... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The grounds, the design of the building, and the exhibits inside are well worth a visit. Those familiar with Native American art and history will find a good deal to enjoy and those who know nothing will be amazed. Go around lunch time and enjoy the cuisine from tribes throughout the US. Ancient arts and crafts and a good deal... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We as Americans do indeed need to respect and admit to our dark history when we nearly wiped off the face of the planet, the Native American. Go see this, bring the family and learn how such a great people lived and have endured

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Another museum where the building is more interesting than the exhibits. Unless you are really into learning about a lot of native tribes this museum can be pretty boring. However, you must go to check out the building and the wetlands in front of the building. Also go for the gift shop and cafeteria. They serve native Indian dishes from... More 

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Apopka, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

After three hours, we were exhausted and wanted to return for another visit! However, we didn't have time to do so. There are so many exhibits and most of them require a fair amount of reading. Not sure that young children would appreciate anything other than what appeared to be good children's interactive areas. Free admission; a bit expensive to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I always check their calendar of special events and film screenings when I'm in town. When they have special events in the main area it's very enjoyable and educational. The films are also ones not shown elsewhere.ice selection of jewelry and pottery in the gift shop, also.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Excellent museum. I loved the starry night exhibit and all of the art work and hand made art at this museum. This museum is lovely and enjoyable inside and out. They also have a nice restaurant and gift shop.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This museum is quite amazing in not only its architecture but the history of the American Indians. There is so much history that is can be quite overwhelming. Also, the cafeteria has a huge selection of various foods.

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Montana
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The building is architecturally wonderful. the landscaping takes you placed other than the busy intersection it sits at. The displays are just lacking. There are 5 buildings devoted to art in it varied forms, 2 buildings for air & space, and 2 floors for the native peoples of North America? The display styles are inventive and interesting. It is just... More 

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