According to the official website, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. contains the “most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world—approximately 266,000 catalog records (825,000 items) representing over 12,000 years of history and more than 1,200 indigenous cultures throughout the Americas.” With four levels of object collections, touring the huge building will take about an hour or two.
Begin your visit on the fourth level then go down to each floor as you follow the lifeways, history, and art of indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The Greater Chiriqui Sphere, AD 800-1500
Diquis Delta, Costa Rica (Basalt)
Incense Burner, AD 850-950
Classic Maya Incense Burner depicting the rain god, AD 250-900
Classic Maya Bowl, AD 250-600
Pottery, AD 960-1100
Decorated garments and accessories worn by warriors.
A collection of textiles, ornaments, and weaving items.
While the exterior is lovely, the interior is equally amazing.
A collection for warfare and hunting.
A gold exhibit.
Address: National Mall, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington DC, DC 20013
Hours and admission fee.
The museum is open 10 AM–5:30 PM daily; closed December 25. (The imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Mitsitam Cafe & Espresso begin closing at 5 PM; exhibition spaces and the store begin closing at 5:15 PM). Admission is free, and the building is accessible to people with disabilities.