National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall. Its structure is a throwback to adobe homes in early ... More
National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall. Its structure is a throwback to adobe homes in early Native American culture. With a highly naturalistic design, the NMAI illustrates Indian history within a series of circles. Various works of art, artifacts, and other remnants of American Indian culture are on display. Changing exhibits provide a valuable addition to our understanding of American Indian culture. Past exhibits have included indigenous world views through dress, native modernism, and contemporary indigenous viewpoints as told through poetry. Admission to the museum is free. It is, however, recommended that a timed entry pass be reserved online (with a service charge) because of the popularity of this national exhibit.
I felt the need to write my own review given all the unfortunate perspectives of those who came before. If you appreciate the rich cultural landscape of our countries (The Americas in total) ,especially prior to the 20th century, and appreciate current & past representations of craft, art as well as organic architecture, this is a marvelous museum. They need a little more info on the materials and makeup of certain artifacts, but overall the historical perspective is as it should be. There has been enough "white-washing" of history for anyone to argue that there should be any more antipodal views than are already featured. A more constructive response could be given by those with blinders still on. A must see along with the Sackler, Freer & Hirschorn galleries for those who enjoy art & artifacts.
This is one of my least favorite things to do in DC. The Museum is not layed out well. It is basically in a round shape so you have to go to the top and wind your way down. There aren't too many artifacts to look at, unless you include the thousands of arrowheads they have, which get boring really fast. I would have liked to have seen more textiles, clothes, head-dresses, etc. The gift shop is expensive, even for DC. They spend a lot of time showing how the Americans hurt the Indians, (ok, we get it already) but spend almost no time showing the other side, where the Indians hurt Americans (yes they did, look it up). It seemed to be a bad trip for kids. There wasn't much hands-on activities and all the kids there were running around playing with each other, instead of learning anything. I have visited almost all the museums in DC and this is one I don't recommend and won't go back to.
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