Theaters

Rasmuson Theater

Located on the museum's First Level, the Rasmuson Theater provides a unique setting for stage plays, storytelling, dance and music presentations, film and video viewing, and lectures and seminars. Equipped with multimedia projection systems, language-translation systems, and superb acoustic qualities, this gathering place also brings visitors close to Native performers by incorporating a unique lateral aisle that allows performers to move from the stage through the audience in full circle, consistent with many Native dances. The Rasmuson Theater is closed for maintenance on Wednesdays.

Lelawi Theater

This 120-seat circular theater, located on the Fourth Level, offers a dazzling multimedia experience designed to prepare museum-goers for the themes and messages they will encounter during their museum visit. A 13-minute presentation, titled Who We Are, immerses viewers in the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Native life and explores, from a Native perspective, the strength that different communities across the hemisphere derive from their connections to land, religion, traditional knowledge, self-government, and self-expression.

The Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

The Rasmuson Theater's luminous, handwoven curtain depicts Raven and the Moon, as well as night, ice, mist, and winter. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

The Lelawi Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. Photo by Katherine Fogden, NMAI.

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