National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

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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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  • Architecturally the building alone is stunning, once inside the history on display is just as stunning for those visiting knowing either very little or nothing of American Indian history. The bonus... 
    Architecturally the building alone is stunning, once inside the history on display is just as stunning for those visiting knowing either very little or nothing of American Indian history. The bonus...  more »
  • This experience far exceeded any expectations. First, the architecture was amazing. Everything round to represent the American Indian spiritual beliefs about the circle of life. The film was... 
    This experience far exceeded any expectations. First, the architecture was amazing. Everything round to represent the American Indian spiritual beliefs about the circle of life. The film was...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum. Nicely laid out. Exhibits were great. Spent a half day here.
  • If you want to immerse yourself in a section of history that our textbooks often missed, you have to go here! So much history, anthropology, and an incredible art exhibit. You'll learn lots about the diverse tribes of our nation, their origin stories, and the traditions that makes each tribe unique. I particularly liked the nuanced viewpoints on historic treaties from both the European and Native American perspectives. This is a smaller museum compared to many around it, so great if you need to stop by one and have limited time.

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