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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 20560
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+1 202-633-1000
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Worth a visit - well laid out and whilst it was busy it didn't feel crowded Was disappointed with the cafe - it had rave reviews but whilst tasty food was only just warm Staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Parsons, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The history of the American Indian is very important and not enough time is spent on it in school. This is a beautiful museum and the day we went it was filled with young children who thoroughly enjoyed it! Learning about the philosophies and ways of the original Native Americans was a moving and powerful experience. There is also a... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a visit - well laid out and whilst it was busy it didn't feel crowded Was disappointed with the cafe - it had rave reviews but whilst tasty food was only just warm Staff friendly

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only spent around thirty minutes as there wasn't much too see. Gift shop was quite expensive too.

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Smithfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice and colorful displays giving a history of the various Indian tribes and how the were dispossessed by the European invaders. And eye opener...reminded me of the present ordeals of the Palestinians.

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was pressed for time but wanted to visit this museum. The architecture was beautiful. I found the exhibit Nation to Nation very informative and thoughtful. I was not able to go to the food court even though I had heard it was very good because of time.

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Pittsburgh
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After awe inspiring displays at other museums, this seemed too low key visually. Very informative and educational, but required a lot of reading of materials on the walls. While many artifacts and displays were interesting, I was surprised many pieces were created in the last 20 years. Fascinated by information on South American Indians, but seemed to overshadow North American... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The walk up to the entrance is the first sign you are someplace special. A waterfall beckons you with soothing sounds as it wraps around from the side of the building along the front facade. Encompassing the building, as though it was a part of the stream. Entering, you find yourself in a huge foyer opening 5 stories up, to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ok, I know it's a museum, but it is one of our favorite places to eat in DC. The food court is absolutely amazing! As for the museum, the displays are well curated, and the spaces are reflective of the Native American love of the land. It never feels crowded inside, even though we have been there at the height... More 

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Astoria, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was done in such a beautiful, respectful and iinformative way. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We needed much more time than our time allowed. We were hoping to see more on northwest tribes (Oregon/Washington), but i know space is limited and we may have mised something due to our time constraint. Well done!

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South Easton, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum seemed more like a shopping center for American Indian replicas at overpriced museum prices than a place to really learn. If there is a museum to skip on your tour through DC this is it.

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