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Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to advancing the understanding and knowledge of Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere. In partnering with Native people and others, the museum supports traditional values of the past, current culture and future transitions in contemporary Native life. The facility is located on the National Mall and was opened in September 2004. Like many of the Smithsonian museums, this one is vast: It takes up five stories and 250,000 square feet.

The museum houses one of the largest collections of Native artifacts, including media, archives, objects and photography. There are also spaces dedicated to performances, lectures, research and education. The full catalog includes more than 825,000 items representing more than 12,000 years of history across 1,200 indigenous cultures—just throughout the Americas. About 68 percent of the objects on record are from the United States, 3.5 percent from Canada, 10 percent from Mexico and Central America, 11 percent from South America and 6 percent from the Caribbean.

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  • Be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Mitisitam Native Foods Cafe, which represents traditional Native foods from the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso-America and the Great Plains.
  • The museum is free to the public and the operating hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm daily, except for Christmas.

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      Robert

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      Try the cafeteria

      5/ 5

      Try the cafeteria for some traditional Native American foods.! It isn’t cheap, but it is worth it

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