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National Museum of the American Indian – Virtual Tour

National Museum of the American Indian - Virtual Tour

National Museum of the American Indian – Virtual Tour

The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum focused on the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

The museum has three facilities:

  • The National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • The George Gustav Heye Center is located at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City.
  • The Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility, is located in Suitland, Maryland.

The foundations for the collections were first assembled in the former Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which was established in 1916. It became part of the Smithsonian in 1989.

National Mall, Washington, D.C. Branch

The Washington site is the first national museum dedicated exclusively to Native Americans. The curvilinear building is clad in a golden-colored Kasota limestone designed to evoke natural rock formations shaped by wind and water over thousands of years.

Simulated wetlands surround the museum. The museum’s east-facing entrance, its prism window, and its space for contemporary Native performances are the result of consultations with Native peoples. 

Native Americans have designed the operation of the museum aiming to create a unique atmosphere and experience.

A theme of organic flow is reflected in the museum, with walls mostly of curving surfaces, with almost no sharp corners.
National Museum of the American Indian - Virtual Tour

Piikuni (Blackfeet) elk-skin robe with painted decoration by Mountain Chief, the mid-1800s

Heye Center, New York City Branch

George Gustav Heye (1874–1957) traveled throughout North and South America, collecting native objects over 54 years.

The collection is now housed at The Museum’s George Gustav Heye Center, which occupies two floors of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan.

The Heye Center offers a range of exhibitions, film screenings, school programs, and cultural presentations throughout the year.

Cultural Resources Center, Maryland

In Suitland, Maryland, the museum operates an enormous, nautilus-shaped building that houses its collection, a library, and the photo archives. The Cultural Resources Center opened in 2003.

National Museum of the American Indian - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the National Museum of the American Indian

  • American Indian weaved and leather artifacts
  • American Indian Horse culture artifacts
  • Exhibits on the history of the American Indians
  • Photograph Collection
  • Arts and Crafts covering over 800 years
  • Replica Teepees and domestic tools
  • Collection of American Indian clothing
  • A Parfleche collection of rawhide artifacts embellished by painting and incising
  • Exhibits from the different American Indian nations and cultures

National Museum of the American Indian - Virtual Tour

The National Museum of the American Indian curvilinear building is clad in limestone, Washington, D.C

National Museum of the American Indian

  • Museum:         National Museum of the American Indian
  • Cities:              Washington, D.C, New York City, Suitland, Maryland          
  • Country:          United States
  • Opened:         1989
  • Type:               History and Cultural Museum
  • Category:        National Museum of the United States 
  • Location:         National Mall, Washington, D.C., United States and New York

National Museum of the American Indian Map, Washington, D.C

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

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National Museum of the American Indian Map, New York City Map

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian – 360 Views

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

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“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” 
– Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief

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Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith / Public domain; Alina Zienowicz, e-mail / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0); Anagoria / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

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