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National Museum of the American Indian
Ranked #103 of 492 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art, historical and cultural objects from Native Indian communities in the Hemisphere.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I was hoping for a lot of Native American history and artifacts but they were a bit limited. The building is huge and I expected all kinds of displays but it came up short. It was nice, but if I was pressed for time and had to eliminate a Smithsonian to go to this would be on the list.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Washington offers a lot of museums all in short distance from one another.
For a “non-American”, maybe this one might be among the least attractive.
And instead, we have found it to be quite interesting and educating too.
It is not very large, but it offers a clear picture of the troubled relationship between natives and colonizers, somewhat fairer than that of Hollywood.

entrance is free, location is next to the air and space museum.

Thank Antonio P
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The museum offers an alternative other’s in the Smithsonian system. First, it’s architecture is different from the typical neoclassical structures that grace the mall, rather the massive building is ondulating and sourrounded by water and native vegetation, very imposing but inviting. Inside, the collection is distributed in four floors. I recommend going to the fourth floor first and then make your way down.
The atrium is beautiful and expansive, incorporating native architectural forms and creating a great space for a place to stop and rest. The museum has an excellent collection that engages and educates rather than instructs and pontificates on the history and culture of the original peoples of the Americas. The museum shop is amazing with museum quality artifacts and the entire range of souvenirs but of good quality and taste. One unique and surprising feature of the museum is the cafeteria, worth visiting even if you don’t have time for the museum. It is simply the best and most diverse food offering in the national mall. The various stations offer native foods from different places in the Americas that is delicious and affordable. Make sure to visit!

Thank Trekker2020
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This newest building on The Mall is striking in it's architectural difference and outside spaces. The main hall is a striking space with a nod to the Guggenheim. Start on the top floor and work your way through movies, interactive displays and amazing artifacts from cultures throughout the Americas. The message is moving and authentic and yet optimistic - a good blend for all ages. Even a well read history buff will add to their knowledge and kids have multiple levels of hands on exhibits to absorb these important cultures and lessons from history. As with all Smithsonian museums it is free admission. The cafe serves food inspired from the cultures featured in the museum for a not-so-horrible price and great convenience.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Expertly and thoughtfully curated exhibits that are thought provoking and instructive and can still appeal to all ages. The exhibits are instructive and extremely accessible. Nice building also.

Thank dewey91
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