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National Museum of the American Indian

National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art, historical and cultural objects from Native Indian communities in the Hemisphere.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good28%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The native Canadian First Nations architect who originally designed this museum, Douglas Cardinal, was fired from this project half way through due to rising costs. He must be having the last laugh as those who finished the museum have done a very poor job with...More

Thank Brad S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside of the museum is beautiful. It has the best fountain and water display of all the Smithsonian museums BUT the inside has very little of substance. Many of the "drawers" which have additional displays were broken, at least half of them. The biggest...More

1  Thank tap07112016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very disappointed. There seemed to be next to nothing except a few stand alone displays by the elevators regarding the Native Americans from North America. While the exhibit about South American Inca was nice, that was about it. VERY disappointed to see that...More

Thank Tyler H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So disappointed. The building is awesome looking from the outside. Which give you false expectations for the inside. The exhibits are small, the few artifact (some replicas) they are housed in small showcases. Most of the interior space is taken up by the cafe, gift...More

Thank LadyBugNess
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so excited to see this museum but sadly, it was not great. There is no rhyme or reason to the exhibits. The space is beautiful and we were there on a family Friday so there were some special events going on. It was...More

Thank loveymesco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The security guards are very rude and unprofessional. TSA screeners are better. They randomly and arbitrarily force entrants out and don't even try to be polite. Security policies are not clearly posted anywhere either.

Thank lbosse1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think this museum probably has good potential and depending on the special exhibits open at the time you visit, could be great. However, it seemed pretty all over the place and I left feeling like I hadn’t really learnt all that much. The video...More

Thank AJW09
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building certainly has a beautiful exterior, and inside it was nice as well. There did seem to be a huge waste of space....when you initially see it you think it must be enormous and packed with exhibits, but most of it is the space...More

Thank travelrvoss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the introductory video to the whole museum - there is simply too moment different themes so nothing coherent emerges. There are some goid moments but the museum tries to do too much - covering everything so no coherent story emerges just lots of bits.

Thank Peterk9999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s probably excellent but I do know where the other reviewers are coming from. When a lot of people die it always makes for a good museum. The clearances are detailed so are the casinos.

Thank Carnalbanagh
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24 September 2017|
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Response from 5inrfamily | Reviewed this property |
I did not see an exhibit in regards to Native Americans serving in the military. You can call the museum directly and they should be able to tell you.
Joyce C
19 March 2016|
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Response from TheMoyers | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is handicapped accessible, and there are easy to operate elevators.
5 February 2016|
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Response from Gala8123 | Reviewed this property |
The only way you can get free parking on weekends Saturday is probably limited now since DC is changed its parking lot is you have to be at the locations on the street before the museum opens other than that everybody is hip... More