The National Museum of the American Indian situated along the National Mall is a must-visit place when on a Washington DC tour. Soak in and stay immersed in each aspect of Native American experiences at this landmark tourist attraction owned by the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum in the capital city is home to one of the largest collection in the world devoted to Native Americans including photos, manmade objects or artifacts, and mixed media art forms. The museum succeeds in bringing out the voices of indigenous cultures across the Americas in particular. Its contemplative exhibits and colorful activities are devoted to bring out their voices to the limelight.
The Smithsonian’s museum stays open from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm each day, except on Christmas, with schedules subject to change on Thanksgiving. It is accessible for handicapped people, and is free-of-cost to visit for one and all. Note that the exhibit floors start closing 15 minutes prior to the closing schedule.
The moment you walk in to it, the building would appeal to you as a visually striking one thanks to its curvilinear architecture and limestone materials designed to remind you of the kind of rock formations that are affect by wind gusts and water over the course of thousands of years in the past.
The art collection of the museum is representative of over 12,000 years and 1200 indigenous cultures across the Americas. The works of art here range from aesthetically striking to religiously routed and historical, which all combine to throw lights on the culture of Native Americans.
An ongoing exhibit of the museum comprise of a public exposition that introduces you to Chesapeake Bay natives through objects, photos, maps, and other interactive installations. Paying a visit to the titled ‘Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake’ would help understand their prevalence during the 17th Century and still are to its surrounding areas in Washington DC.
The museum also offers guided tours, programs aimed at family visitors, music performances and screenings of films. It rotates these temporary events from time to time, so check out the schedule of events prior to visiting the National Museum of the American Indian through a Washington DC tour program.