National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

The National Museum of the American Indian boasts an impressive collection of over 800,000 items, which represent the diverse indigenous populations from across the Americas. This vast assortment spans a remarkable 12,000 years of history. Notably, some of the artifacts in this collection are of great cultural significance, and it is necessary to obtain permission from the respective Native American groups to showcase them.

The museum's architectural design offers a pleasant departure from some of the imposing structures found in the Washington, D.C. area, blending harmoniously with its surroundings. Moreover, the amenities provided within the museum set it apart. Particularly noteworthy is the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe, which explores and serves native dishes from five different regions, both in contemporary and traditional styles. The menu includes delectable options such as fry bread, corn totopos, and buffalo burgers. This is an experience not to be missed.

The artifacts within the museum are categorized into four main components: objects, photographs, media, and documents. While these categories are interconnected, they serve as a useful starting point for organizing the extensive collections. The museum also offers a diverse range of events, including film screenings, musical performances, audio-guided tours, and special activities tailored for children.

Tip:
Start on the top floor with a short (13min) film and then work your way down to the bottom level where you can enjoy lunch.
The café is probably the best museum lunch spot around, with stations representing cuisines of different tribal areas.
Don't miss the gift shop – many creative, beautiful hand made items. Enjoy shopping!

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Sight Name: National Museum of the American Indian
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA (See walking tours in Washington D.C.)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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