National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. The museum's extensive collections encompass a vast range of cultural material - including more than 825,000 works of extraordinary aesthetic, religious, and historical significance, as well as articles produced for everyday, utilitarian use.

The museum is open year-round with the exception of December 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. The National Museum of the American Indian comprises one additional facility in New York, designed following consultations between museum staff and Native peoples. For information about the other two locations, see the museum website.

Directions

Driving

The museum is located on the National Mall between the National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Parking is limited in the area, so plan accordingly or use public transportation (encouraged).

Public Transportation

The closest Metrorail station is L'Enfant Plaza. Exit at the Maryland Ave./Smithsonian Museums. Metrobus lines 30, 32, 34, 36: Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue stop near the museum as well.

Activities

  • Historical/Cultural Touring

    The collections span all major culture areas of the Americas, representing virtually all tribes of the United States, most of those of Canada, and a significant number of cultures from Middle and South America as well as the Caribbean.