Group Visits & Tours

All groups of ten or more planning to visit the NMAI in Washington, D.C., are strongly encouraged to reserve entry by contacting the Group Reservations Office via phone (202-633-6644; toll-free 888-618-0572; TTY [non-voice] 202-633-6751) or email NMAI-GroupReservations@si.edu. Groups visiting the museum may also mail or fax a completed group registration form. Groups who do not wish to or who are unable to schedule a visit in advance may join the general entry line at any time during the day to enter the museum. A check room for coats or other personal items is not available.

Please note: School groups (e.g., school classes, home schools, camps, scout groups, etc.) are also required to schedule entry time to the ImagiNATIONS Activity Center. Groups may only register for Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, in one-hour increments (i.e., 10–11AM; 11AM–12PM, etc.). Groups must be pre-K to 6th grade only, and are limited to 30 students per hour, with a requirement of one chaperone for every five students. To schedule an entry time, call 202-633-6644.

Summer 2014 Schedule (June, July, August)

Tours—Washington, DC

Welcome and Orientation
Friday: 11:15–11:30 AM
This brief presentation provides visitors with an orientation to the museum’s history, collection, architecture, and galleries.
Potomac Atrium, First Level

Gallery Talk
Wednesday & Friday: 2:15–2:45 PM
This presentation introduces visitors to the NMAI’s history and collection, and highlights one of the museum’s main exhibition galleries.
Potomac Atrium, First Level

Highlights Tour
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 2–3 PM
Join a Cultural Interpreter for a general overview of the museum’s history, landscape, building, galleries, and other points of interest.
Potomac Atrium, First Level

Programs—Washington, DC

Hok-Noth-Da for Families
Sunday & Wednesday: 11:15–11:45 AM
Hok-noth-da—“Did you hear?” in the Shawnee language—is an interactive story program. People in all cultures tell stories—and those stories have always been a great way to teach children. Families are invited to hear stories from different Native communities.
imagiNATIONS Activity Center, Third Level

Family Program
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:30–11:30 AM
Join staff for a hands-on experience about Native cultures. Programs may include stories, discovery boxes, family tours, or a teaching cart. Visit the Welcome Desk on the First Level for more information.
imagiNATIONS Activity Center, Third Level

Native Beats Music Room
Tuesday & Thursday: 3–4 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–12 PM
Join staff as they share the importance of Native music. Families are invited to experience Native music using drums and percussion.
imagiNATIONS Activity Center, Third Level

Hands-On Teaching Cart
Friday: 3–4 PM
Join staff for an interactive program at one of the museum's teaching carts. This tactile experience introduces visitors to an assortment of topics—such as cattail, bison, maize, boats, or dolls—important to Native cultures. This 5- to 10-minute program repeats depending on demand.
Location information available at Welcome Desk. 

Tours and programs are subject to change. Visit the Welcome Desk for more information.

Visit the NMAI online calendar for information on additional events and programming at the museum.

Policies & Guidelines

School groups are required to have one adult chaperon for every ten students. Chaperons must supervise and remain with their groups at all times and in all areas, including the museum stores. If a class is divided because of limited gallery space, a chaperon must accompany each group. Only ten students are allowed in the museum stores at one time. The NMAI reserves the right to refuse or terminate a program that is inadequately supervised or that fails to conform to standards of good behavior.

Food and drink are not permitted in the museum. Smoking and gum-chewing are prohibited. On entry, security officers will hand-check all backpacks, purses, briefcases, suitcases, and other bags. Video/audio recording and flash photography are permitted. The museum cannot guarantee entry to groups that arrive more than 30 minutes after their scheduled time.

Group Reservations Office
Phone: 202-633-6644; 888-618-0572
TTY (non-voice): 202-633-6751
Email: NMAI-GroupReservations@si.edu

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