National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

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History Museum · Specialty Museum
National Museum of the American Indian represents the first museum of its kind in America designed as a living display of the lives, history, and archaeology of the native peoples of the Americas. Part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of famous national museums in Washington, D.C., the facility's limestone facade and interior design were created with the help of prominent Native American groups. You can explore the museum's 800,000 objects on display, as well as its library and archives containing more than 120,000 photographs. Wander through the different regions of the Western Hemisphere, including the Amazon, Andes, California, Great Basin, Pacific Northwest, Mesoamerica, and more, and learn about the tribes and traditions. Check the museum's website for information on special events and traditional performances, temporary exhibits, and guided tours. Plan to visit National Museum of the American Indian and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Washington DC attractions using our Washington DC trip maker tool.
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  • Beautifully-designed building: exterior, interior, and landscaping. We found the exhibits to be engaging, thoughtful, and informative. A must-see for every U.S. citizen, to understand and appreciate.....  more »
  • I love this place! The permanent exhibits are great as are the temporary ones. I would recommend starting on the third floor to and walking through the "Our Universes" exhibit. The cafeteria is kind of pricey but the food is pretty good. The gift shop has a lot of cool stuff and quite a few knickknacks, but all are at least relevant to the museum unlike the Archives gift shop which is basically a toy store.
  • Beautiful building. Take time to understand how the architecture reflects the American Indian culture and experience. Found the exhibits to be comprehensive. Obviously not just a history museum, but more of a cultural institution. Particularly enjoyed walking the gardens along the perimeter of the building, seeing how the structure fit into the landscape and effectively nature was integrated into the building's message.

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