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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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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #95 of 252 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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389 reviews 389 reviews
52 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The building is nice on the outside, but the inside consists of a huge atrium with 4 canoes taking up about half the total space. If you expect to see Native American beadwork, clothes, totem poles, headdresses, and blankets you will not really find them here. There were a few cases with smaller artifacts and some nice sculptures, but the... More

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Hampton Bays, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you are longing for something not fast food on your tour of the various Smithsonians, you really need to check this out. You can actually see this Museum out the windows of the McDonalds based food court at the Air and Space Museum but by then, it's too late. I like the museum part, don't get me wrong; I... More

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Ridgeley, WV
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT to see and DO there, but it just seemed like only part of the history is on display. I was also surprised to see exhibits from South American tribes from was down on the Amazon river. I expected it to be more about North American tribes.

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Charlotte
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took a 4 day vacation to DC. We walked most of the trip, family bonding and exercise. This was the best way to see DC. We learned about our little sliver of heritage for ourselves. This was fabulously done. 4 floors of things to appreciate. One of the floors is mainly dedicated to kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Walking up to the museum from the botanical gardens was a beautiful sight. If you have ever traveled to the southwest and seen the red rocks of Sedona, vastness of the grand canyon or the pueblos of the southwest the outside of the native american museum will resonate with your soul. On this particular weekend the smell of mesquite greeted... More

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Dallas, Texas
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As a Native American I was so excited about this museum. I was looking forward to the history it would tell about the different tribes and genocide that the tribes went through. I saw it in the Holocaust museum but no coverage here. No large numbers explaining how many lost their lives trying to keep their land. At the African... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great display of the American Indian Demonstrations of American Indian ways Restaurant is the best part. Food was delicious. Plains food with Indian cuisine

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited this place three times. Fascinating insight into the Native American peoples. Restaurant downstairs is a good place for lunch as they serve native food and it was really good

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A very beautiful building, unlike others in DC. It is not a "boxed" building. Ask yourself WHY? Start at the top by seeing the "movie" about the natives in the Americas! The cafeteria is nice and offers food from the Americas.

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Metro Boston
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very nice architecture and set-up, conducive to starting from the top and working your way done. Many opportunities to dive in to details about specific tribes and regions, including stories from current members in some cases.

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