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National Museum of the American Indian

Neighbourhood: National Mall
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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 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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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I was so excited about this place, and there were a lot of neat things, but my biggest disappointment was that there seemed to be more information about Central and South American... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was so excited about this place, and there were a lot of neat things, but my biggest disappointment was that there seemed to be more information about Central and South American tribes than North American tribes. The highlight is absolutely the food. I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. It was delicious. A little pricy, but lots of food and sooooooooo... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No entrance fees. Upon entering, we headed to the visitor information counter. NMAI staff will answer questions and provide information on scheduled tours, exhibitions, programs and gave us a museum floor plan. Invested our time exploring all the floors, very educational , got to know the American Indian well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So interesting to learn about indigenous tribes in U.S. & beyond. Beautiful costumes, photographs, artifacts. The cafe had food arranged by region so had a bison burger & wild rice dish. Recommend especially for families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is outstanding. Plan to spend a good portion of your day here. We spent 2 hours on just one floor of this 4 floor museum.There is so much to learn and there are wonderful activities for the kids that are hands on. This would be a fabulous trip for a home schooled child. The food in the cafe... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

These exhibits have some beautifully done displays. The Inka exhibit relates the roads and trails both in the Andean region and along the coastal lowlands the inka and other 'nations' had built prior to the European arrival in 1533. There are some technological marvels showing some sophistication in their engineering. A separate exhibit provides background about the sorry legacy of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first people's museum. Excellent museum documenting many of the different cultures throughout the continent. Lots to learn here. If you have more than a few days in DC, it's not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the National Museum of the American Indian. It's not one of the first Smithsonian museums you think of, but worth a visit. The exhibits are very well done and offer contrasting viewpoints on the issues and history. We learned a lot during our time there. Also, the cafe is very good, best food I've had at one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

NAMI presents some wonderful travelling shows as well as a very insightful permanent collection. Check their schedule if in DC. If they have a concert - go! The building is next to NASA. It has a very good cafeteria, excellent a/c and very clean restrooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this!! Especially the famous historic first wives dresses, shoes and jewelry impressed a fashion Fetisch lady like me much!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is one of Smithsonian's best there are several exhibits featuring various American Indian cultures and periods of time . Save room for lunch as the cafe offers different American Indian regional cuisines . - among my favorite meals to have in DC!

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