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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 #100 of 254 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I have long been drawn to Native American culture, so I was eager to visit this museum. The architecture, and the grounds are impressive and invoke a feeling of the American Indian. Inside though I was disappointed. It is a new museum with many graphics, and touchscreen videos, but I wasn't that interested in the actual artifacts. I think there... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This museum was both educational and entertaining.The exhibits were laid out in a way you could view them with out feeling rushed. The collection of photos and artifacts from the different tribes were well thought out and easy to view.The grounds were gardens and statues.A water feature to resemble a river was pleasant to look at. The museum cafe was... More

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New Lenox, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Spend at least 5 minutes appreciating the exterior of this museum. The wonderful curving lines, water features & landscaping combine into a work of art. One of the most striking buildings we saw on our visit. On entering you are urged to go to the top floor for the orientation movie in a small round theater. It was a unique... More

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We visited here after the space museum and wished we had given it a miss in favour of one of the other museums or art galleries. It was interesting but repetitive and very slow and laid back. We wish we had gone to the art gallery instead. It does have better refreshment facilities than the space museum though!

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Jerusalem
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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The museum opened in 2004, and includes more than a million objects, archival documents, photographs and films. often under the guidance of designed Native community representatives and elders. The architecture of the museum was designed Douglas Cardinal (Blackfoot) and a team of project and landscape architects. The building is a structure in which nature's rough beauty and architecture's creativity come... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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144 reviews 144 reviews
49 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting but relatively little to see for the size of the museum. Much of the building is filled with the lobby, restaurant, gift shops, and theaters.

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Cary, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

With the rich history of the American Indians - we were highly disappointed in this museum. I would have loved to see and know more about the lives and artifacts of our own history....Instead this museum has few exhibits - and only really has as a focus the political view that government treaties with the American Indians did more harm... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to learn more about the history of our country. They have beautiful displays and a great cafe.

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Long Beach, CA
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175 reviews 175 reviews
54 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This was my last museum on the Mall to visit in all the of my visits to DC. I was excited to finally go here having waited so long. Unfortunately I was sadly disappointed at what I saw. Although the museum building itself is amazing in all of it's southwest style, resembles some kind of adobe structure. Sadly, that was... More

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Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

There are some wonderful things in this museum, but if the curator had a plan it was lost on me. There were a couple of things I wanted to see in particular but felt like I was wandering aimlessly. The intro film was filled with beautiful images and sound but there was no context. I guess I was looking for... More

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