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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 #97 of 253 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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Pattaya, Thailand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Loved this Museum, it was so sad at times but ultimately uplifting. The stories about the terrible things that were done to the First Nation peoples were so heartbreaking. However the positive outcomes of decades of struggle and the stories of strength redeemed it. In an strange and perhaps banal way I found the Indian newspapers in the canteen very... More

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antrim
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The first thing that strikes you is the architecture - really impressive. Once inside the displays and exhibits cannot fail to impress. This is a great, unique museum with a great cafe not to be missed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I have spent a good bit of time with the Navajo. The museum is good and very informative. The exhibits could stand to be more interactive and engaging. The food in the restaurant downstairs was unbelievable. James downstairs cooked me the perfect duck and Bison burger with fries but at a steep price of $23 with a drink. It was... More

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Perth, Western Australia
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37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building and grounds. Lunch here was also very good. What spoilt it for us was there was no direction to what to see. It all seemed a bit mixed up and I am sure we missed a lot of information.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The architecture is wonderful inside and out. The artifacts are great. We didn't have time to do the whole thing and will definitely go back. Saw one movie in a domed theater. The movie was nice, the projector was in a boulder which was a cool part of the show. The mail screens were on 4 blankets hung so it... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip to DC! Beautiful, informative exhibits that went out of their way to present all sides of the stories. World class facilities, with beautiful displays and interactive areas. Informative but digestible. Balanced approach to what is a contentious history. And worth a visit if only to look at the amazing building! A breathtaking structure.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We enjoyed the introductory film. We wish more native americans were represented. We had lunch here as we had heard it was highly rated. We mixed and matched lunch items from several windows. Everything was delicious.

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New Jersey
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The building of this fairly new museum is fantastic. The grounds are also fantastic, with truly appropriate items and plantings. The inside is very nice too. I first thought this would be one of those excellent museums that leads you through a logical path and tell a story. I thought this when saw that the suggested beginning was at the... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

This museum doesn't work for me at all. I want to hear the story of how the tribes arrived in the Americas, how they spread and their history. I want to understand the interaction/conflict with the colonising Europeans. I want to understand the different ways they lived (plains Indians, settled eastern tribes, metal working Incas etc). The museum seems uninterested... More

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Naples, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We were trying to visit some different museums as some really draw the crowds. This was a good stop for a shorter time and we saw a good movie in the theater. Glad we stopped here.

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