National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

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The National Museum of the American Indian is the 16th museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum’s mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of the diverse native cultures of the Western Hemisphere. The collections contain  artifacts from various native cultures having  religious and historical significance, as well as items used for every day activities. Current exhibitions include Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection and Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake. Also, the cafeteria is rumored to be the best of all the museums in the district and also sells a cook book so that the dishes may be recreated at home.

Admission to the museum is free of charge and the building is handicapped accessible.  The hours of operation are 10:00am to 5:30pm daily and closes on December 25th. For additional information on group visits and tours please visit the museum’s website.

The museum is located on the National Mall conveniently accessible by the L’Enfant metro station (yellow, green, blue and orange lines). For further assistance planning your trip in DC with metro please visit WMATA’s website.

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