National Museum of the American Indian

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

National Museum of the American Indian
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW Washington
DC 20560

202-633-1000

What is there to do?

The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind, and YOU get to enjoy a front row seat! Not only that, this popular Washington DC museum also offers FREE entry, so all families can enjoy this fascinating and educational experience. 

You cultural educational can begin even when looking at the museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, because they all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, ensuring all visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.

The National Museum of the American Indian works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic to Argentina, to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.

Some of the exhibitions are ongoing, but many are temporary to ensure you can always go back and see something new! You might one day be exploring the Cherokee culture, and the next you might be learning about historic treaties that were signed.

Then there is the museum collection itself, consisting of around 825,000 items representing over 12,000 years of history and more than 1,200 indigenous cultures throughout the Americas! 

The museum also features an interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center where visitors can take part in hands-on activities like indigenous inventions and activities, including drumming, basket-weaving, ledger-drawing, skateboarding and storytelling.

A fascinating a wonder-filled family day out in Washington DC, offering invaluable learning experiences for the children. 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free entry!

Children: Free entry!

LAST UPDATED 2018

Need a little extra help?

The museum is accessible to all those with disabilities. If you need assistance just speak to staff when you arrive

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When can we go?

10am - 5:30pm daily (ImagiNATIONS Activity Center is closed Mondays)

Open year round but closed only December 25

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Any top tips?

No food or drink is permitted to be taken into the museum, as well as pets, and yes kids, selfie sticks!

I’m Hungry!

It's a cafe with a difference! The museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe enhances the museum experience by providing families the chance to enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas and to explore the history of Native foods. Each of the five food stations depict regional lifeways related to cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavors found in both traditional and contemporary dishes. You might try authentic Native foods such as traditional fry bread and corn totopos as well as contemporary items with a Native American twist—think buffalo burgers! There is also an espresso coffee bar for hot drinks and pastries in a more casual setting

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