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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: +1 202-633-1000
10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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If Nothing Else, Go For Lunch

At a friend's recommendation, I went to this museum for lunch and Boy, was i glad that I did. There's a big nicely laid out cafeteria, specializing in native American Indian... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is delightfully non traditional. It is thoughtfully laid out with different tribes featured behind each curve. The gift shop includes local artisans. The theatre where a short film plays every 30 minutes is a unique experience. It has a Michelin rated cafeteria which offers authentic cuisine, on the pricey side, but admission is free.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has an interesting collection of artifacts. It tells the tragic story of native Americans. The narrative is exclusively from the Indian Nations' point of view; history we all need to know but were barely taught. See the short movie first. The theatre is extraordinary and quite an experience. The restaurant is set up in stations, with authentic Native... More 

Thank LucyJojo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At a friend's recommendation, I went to this museum for lunch and Boy, was i glad that I did. There's a big nicely laid out cafeteria, specializing in native American Indian recipes and ingredients. I had the pulled Bison sandwich and it was big and delicious. Others in my party had stuffed peppers and salmon dishes, which they liked too.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was interesting to see the large number of fragmented Indian cultures with different origin tales each, comparing the well structured, well organized Inca civilization. Probably the exact details are forgotten by the visitor but the feeling how rich and colourful their culture is reserved within the mind after the visit.

Thank Géza S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This excellent museum shows the history of American Indian tribes (and including Hawaii and Alaska) from the arrival of Europeans onward. The section on treaties made--and broken by the US--is sobering and dismaying, and has useful lessons (though the museum does not point this out) for the present in areas other than American Indian affairs. 4 floors of beautifully presdented... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really loved the outside of the building and some of the signs about the plants and fountain designs, but inside the material was a bit boring and hard to keep one's interest (and I tend to like to see and read things a lot at museums, so this was very disappointing). From what we saw, the gift shop had... More 

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Tabor City, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide suggested eating in the restaurant, saying it was one of the best places to eat in DC. It was not! It was incredibly overpriced and not good. My son had the bison burger, which was terribly gamey. I had the chili rellano which was good but the small little pepper was not worth $15.

Thank Jennifer H
Commerce Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum on Thanksgiving day and perfect timing. There was a couple of visiting dance groups. Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) from Vancouver B.C. and the award-winning multi-generational Tsimshian dancers Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim (Our Own Dance in Our Hearts) from Southeast Alaska. They were fantastic. I loved the museum exhibits too. Will be sure to visit... More 

Thank Rose N
Sykesville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not an easy museum to visit, but a must see. The museum exposes the untold truth of our exploitation and killing of Native Americans. Lots of information packed into this museum and I found myself feeling overwhelmed. The layout is a bit confusing but overall a very worthwhile experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So, may be I had built a lot in my mind for this one! I loved the architecture (pueblo type) and various canoes on the first floor - some really impressive work and diverse! The historical perspective was good. Food their is good - thought not very impressive (my corn bread was dry - very brittle). Overall, I felt that... More 

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