The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC and showcases Native American objects from ancient pre-Columbian civilizations through the 21st century. Multimedia presentations, live performances and hands-on demonstrations bring the Native American people’s history and culture to life. The museum features films, performances of music and dance, tours, lectures, craft demonstrations and special programs throughout the year.
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In 2012, the National Museum of the American Indian opened its imagiNATIONS Activity Center, which offers hands-on activities, interactive games, storytelling programs and craft workshops. Explore traditional Native dwellings, compete against family and friends in an interactive quiz show, experience different modes of indigenous transportation and sport, weave a giant basket and learn about basket-weaving’s history, participate in a variety of family friendly activities.
Dining at this museum is a real treat. The Mitsitam Native Foods Café offers meals and snacks inspired by the culinary traditions of Native Americans. Choose among sandwiches, entrees, soups, desserts and beverages from five different regions. See more about restaurants and dining Near the National Mall.
There are two gift shops: The Chesapeake Museum Store, on the first level, featuring jewelry, textiles, and other works by Native artisans and the Roanoke Museum Store, on the second level, offers a more extensive collection of souvenirs, jewelry, children’s books and toys.
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC (202) 633-1000.
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The closest Metro stations are Smithsonian and Federal Triangle
10 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. daily; closed Dec. 25.
Official Website: http://www.nmai.si.edu