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“A Must See in DC”

National Museum of the American Indian
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$400.00*
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC
Ranked #102 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art, historical and cultural objects from Native Indian communities in the Hemisphere.
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Culturally sensitive presentations about American Indian history and culture are sadly all too rare in the US. The museum is set in a spectacularly beautiful building at the end of the mall next to the Houses of Congress. It features wide open spaces with lots of great lighting that allows it to showcase the various tribal art and cultural theme areas in an approachable way.

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Being of Latin heritage, I was excited to hear about this place and when I arrived there, I was blown away by the building. Its architecture is pretty impressive but the exhibitions, well, as a Smithsonian museum, I expected more. I couldn't find any useful information about the cultures presented there because almost everything were excerpts of interviews or books. I want concrete facts (the interviews were ok, but I don't want a quote from what an anthropologist wrote in a book).
Besides, I feel like this museum has been very neglected - sometimes I couldn't read the info they offered because some of the lettering was falling apart and some of the objects exhibited were old. What a shame.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

This building is amazing and very beautiful. You would expect the inside to be full of great things. One of the scheduled music events was just a really lame 5 minute story telling thing. He was good but still it was lame. The interactive floor was also pathetic. They had a skateboard game which has nothing to do with Indians. They had a big area to play with huge blocks to make an igloo and they wouldn't allow anyone to play. The Indian houses were horrible fake replicas. There were no costumes on display. Just a lot of pottery and some hand made dolls. They said something about basket weaving but it's just a giant fake basket, not a real craft to take home. I was really looking forward to learning and teaching niece and nephew about Indian culture and it was really just awful. I don't know what else to say.

1  Thank Mwar1004
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

You must stay for the live show! We went at a great time as it was American Indian month. We are part American Indian and appreciated everything we did here.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The building is nice, but beyond that, it's not worth the trip. Not too much information on the history of the tribes - some tribes, notably the Hopi, seem to be completely omitted. If you want to learn about native cultures in the US, the Heard Museum in Phoenix is 100x better.

2  Thank Cactus276
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