The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.
Hours & Admission
The museum is open 10 AM–5:30 PM daily; closed December 25. (The imagiNATIONS Activity Center and Mitsitam Cafe & Espresso begin closing at 5 PM; exhibition spaces and the store begin closing at 5:15 PM). Admission is free, and the building is accessible to people with disabilities.
The River Walk on the National Mall (north) side of the NMAI building is closed through mid September 2016. The museum is open and accessible via public entrances on the east and south sides of the building—see map.
The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building.
L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums
Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue
The museum does not have parking. Parking is available by meter on the surrounding streets and in local paid parking garages. There are nine bus drop-off only spaces on Maryland Avenue accessible from 3rd Street.
Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Please note there may be a line to enter the building on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Security page.