The Smithsonian Institution's National National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to the history and culture of the native peoples of the Americas, including all of the Western Hemisphere. The museum's facility on the National Mall houses the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Native American artifacts, hosts events and festivals, and teaches visitors about the diverse native cultures.
The museum holds several permanent and temporary exhibits. Permanent exhibitions include:
Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities: Visit eight communities and see how decendents of Native Americans live today. Learn how people live in modern society while keeping their cultures, arts, and languages alive.
Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World: See how Native Americans viewed the world and the universe through their belief systems and philosophies. THe exhibit focuses on eight cultures from across the americas.
Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake: Take a local perspective by learning about the natives of the Chesapeake Bay region. This exhibit focuses on the Algonquain of Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware through the Nanicoke, Powhatan, and Piscataway tribes.
The museum also runs special exhibitions throughout the year. For a current listing, see the museum's listing of current exhibitions.
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As with other Smithsonian Institution museums and galleries, there is no cost for admission to the National Museum of the American Indian.
Learn more at http://nmai.si.edu/home/.