"First lesson: there is not ONE Indian culture!" Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of the American Indian Tip by matcrazy1
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.: 59 reviews and 268 photos
The National Museum of the American Indian includes large temporary expositions as well as the three main interactive multimedia expositions: Our Universes, Our Peoples and Our Lives.
Twenty four tribes and Native communities told me their histories and stories in their own words always translated into English. Well, my first lesson was to get to know that there is no ONE Indian culture but a variety of sometimes quite different cultures. The museum covers some cultures of natives inhabited the territoty of today's Chile, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Dominica, the USA (including Hawaii and Alaska), and Canada.
When I visited the museum in October 2004, a month after opening, only about 8,000 objects from museum's world renowned collection of over 800,000 items were displayed. I can imagine how difficult it was to choose those 8 thousands as well as those 24 native communities which present themselves in the museum. I guess, some objects may be replaced by the others once a year or so.
Address: Fourth St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington DC
Directions: Metro station: Federal Center SW. On southern part of the eastern end of the National Mall, between the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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