Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Explore the rich, complex, and dynamic histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Open every day, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The museum's architecture, native landscape, and exhibitions designed in consultation with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian tribes and communities together give visitors a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples.
Situated near the U.S. Capitol, the National Museum of the American Indian is a striking presence on the National Mall. The building's curvilinear form evokes a wind-swept mesa. Additional features such as the museum's east-facing entrance, prism window, and 120-foot-high Potomac atrium spaces are further expressions of Native sensibilities.
The new National Native American Veterans Memorial, which sits on the grounds of the museum, was commissioned by Congress to give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States. This is the first national landmark in Washington, D.C., to focus on the contributions of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who have served in the military.
Enjoy the museum's award-winning exhibitions: Americans, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations and Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake.