The Newbie: Museum of the American Indian

Jun 19, 2008 by

The National Museum of the American Indian is the “new kid on the block” for the Mall in Washington, D.C. and was the only museum on the Mall that I had not already seen. So, while everyone else wandered through the Air & Space Museum, I went next door to the American Indian Museum.

The building, built from Kasota stone, is beautiful!

Joel and I have been to a lot of museums and parks that feature the culture and history of the Native American peoples, so we weren’t really sure what this museum would have that would be new to us.

I was the only one who decided to wander over and give it a try and I can wholeheartedly say that the exhibit I saw, called Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World, was very well done – it provided a perspective on the universe from the point of view of many different Native American peoples. The design of the exhibit was really neat – you wander in and out of a kind of maze of walls to explore the different cultures.

I only had 45 minute to see this one exhibit – and that didn’t really do it justice, so I will definitely have to go back on one of my subsequent visits this summer.

Here are two pictures of the inside of the museum. The second picture is looking up into the skylight at the top of the museum.

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1 Comment

  1. Pop

    Wow, a very beautiful building. I have always liked how the Buffalo Bill Historical Center treats the Native American cultures, but it only has one wing. This museum looks huge.

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