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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: 2026331000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art,...

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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Finally an exhibit as beautiful as the building and as good as the food...

I've been to this museum 8-9 times since it opened a dozen years ago. The exhibits inside were always secondary to the building itself and to the creative Native American food in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Jessup, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived right when it opened so we could get to the children's area before it go too crowded. I'd never tried this area (it wasn't there when my older sons were young) and I REALLY appreciate any facility making an effort to engage kids in learning. That being said, for crazy three year old boys, the exhibit did leave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have come back several times so this time we focused on new exhibits. We saw the walking stick exhibit which was wonderful and the inca road. We also ate lunch here which was expensive but very yummy. This is one of my favorite places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been to this museum 8-9 times since it opened a dozen years ago. The exhibits inside were always secondary to the building itself and to the creative Native American food in the cafeteria. For the next two years that's changes with a new and fabulous exhibit on the third floor: The Way of the Inca. This is seriously perhaps... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We hoped for much more. The introductory movie is choppy, outdated, and really pretty bad. The standard exhibits are mostly flat panels with surprisingly few artifacts. We've seen far better Native American art at the museum in Cooperstown, NY. The cafe is a standout, however. Not cheap, but top quality food related to different Indian tribes.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Interesting history and artifacts. Visited when it first opened so it's been a while. There have probably been many new additions. Worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

To get it up front, I have always found the Museum of the American Indian to be misconceived. To lump all peoples of a certain era from the Aleuts to the Andes within one category seems difficult to sustain either ethnographically or historically. Sort of like including everyone from Lapps to Sicilians in a "Museum of the Native European" But... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is apparently the newest Museum on the mall so it is quite clean and airy. I went specifically for the Inka road exhibit which I thought was excellent, however, the rest of the museum was somewhat disappointing. Most of the space is just that with plenty of open space with large areas for the food court, theatres and gift... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum due to all the other museums being overcrowded. We were glad we did. So much to learn about the Native Americans. The exhibits were great, the video drew you in with video above and below you. the interactive part was great too. Highly recommended

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the building itself as interesting and the exhibits. I would the special Inca exhibit especially interesting. I would have liked to have seen more American Indian exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

thoroughly enjoyed this museum. My husband's grandparents were American indian and it was really interesting to see so much history on the subject. The exhibit is very sad and poignant I had no idea how much incredible suffering went on.

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