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National Museum of the American Indian

Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, United States
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    OK, this is not my favorite museum. Best to go when they are having a special demonstration. But I do like the food! While they have your standard cafeteria fare, they also feature foods eaten by native peoples of this Hemisphere. Get your children to try the fry bread!

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    It was recommended to us that we eat at their cafe, and i am SO glad we did. They had SO much food, and it was all labeled based on allergies and preferences (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc)! The food was authentic (as far as i know) Native American food and super yummy. If you go to DC, you must eat at the American Indian museum.

    The museum itself is amazing as well. The architecture is great, as are the exhibits.

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    This is one of the hidden gems of museum. It takes you through history of all types of Native American. It used all 6 planes of a building to get it point across of teaching you about the history and culture on Native Indians. They also have a guide tour, this worth to take. Disability access is provide and disability parking in very limited in and around the area. You will need about 4 hours to visit.

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    To be honest, my visit to the National Museum of the American Indian was the dining area. Why do I love it? They offer cuisine from different tribes around America (clearly labeled with their own sections). A Native American man next to me was eating with his family and proclaimed that the Fry Bread here was authentic and delicious.

    Of course, I had to try it.

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  • National Museum of the American Indian

    History Native American.
    Two blocks walking distance from our rental
    You can also visit Air and Space museum and botanic garden at the same time because it is only across the street. Also US capital is one block from here.

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    One of the coolest looking museums on the mall. The architecture of the American Indian museum is very unique. The museum itself is not bad, though not great. There are some very interesting exhibits showing the history of Amerindian people and their relationships with the U.S.

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    Like many DC visitors, I come to the Museum of the American Indian for one main reason: the cafeteria. True, it is hectic, jumbled, poorly organized and a pain to get through, but the food is fantastic. There are a few different stations where you can hop in line to try various Native American fare; the last time I came here, I had swordfish and mole tacos, cornbread, and some delicious sweet potato salad. I had my eye on their different flavors of agua de fresca as well, but they (along with most of the food) was a little pricey.

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    A great way to understand the diversity of the Americas before European settlers came. A great cultural relic.

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  • National Museum of the American Indian

    The newest Smithsonian on the Mall. Very pretty from the outside with natural stones and small cute water features spotted around. Elegant architectural lines. There is a very nice movie theater inside which shows changing short films. The content of the museum is a little educationally thin. I've heard it is as a result of their being so many different American tribes in the country that it was difficult to come to consensus that all could agree to represent the 100's of tribes. The result is a a fairly watered down story telling of the history of the Indian existence. Perhaps it is too broad a story to even attempt to fit in a building- but one could say the same for many of the other Smithsonian's attempting to do the same with other ethnic group. Irrespective of my criticisms- their food court is so amazing I make special trips. The tables are set in a lofty naturally lit area with glass windows over looking the Mall and water fountains outside. The food court is set out into different groups like the Pacific Northwest tribes and the Plain tribes. You can't get food like that almost anywhere else in the world- most of it is EXCELLENT quality- but the prices are high to match.

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    If you like Bison this is the place for you. The Bison burger was the best. The food is great. The museum was fabulous!

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    One of my least favorite of the Smithsonian museums. I respect their post-modern take that Native Americans ought to have the opportunity to decide how they want to be represented. But it doesn't always make for the most interesting or informative museum viewing.

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    Great exhibits, interesting dynamic and educational. Food court is awesome, tons of choices and very kid friendly (roasted corn on the cob etc).

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    MUST SEE!

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    Cafeteria selling American Indian food on the ground floor is a fantastic touch.

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    Good museum, It has a very good collections of cultures from the americas

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    Beautiful displays and the best Smithsonian restaurant!!

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    time it so you can eat there, the most amazing unique foods from several different tribes

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    Have been disapointed with how this museum presents and selects it's displays

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    Not my favorite of the Smithsonians but still worth going if you are out and about.

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You know that it's essential to understand the history of the American Indian in order to understand America, but did you know that the Smithsonian has 2 entire museums dedicated to the American Indian? If you visit the Washington, DC National Museum of the American Indian, you can arrive as early as 10 AM to experience essential exhibits like Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves and A Song for the Horse Nation, among many others. With approximately 825,000 items in the National Museum of the American Indian's collections, you are certain to gain a new appreciation and understanding of America's indigenous cultures.

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