National Museum of the American Indian

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950 Independence Ave SW (4th St. SW)
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000
History Museum
Mon–Sun: 10:00 AM–5:30 PM

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  • Opened in 2004, this museum is devoted to the history and culture of Native people in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The cafeteria here is the best of the museum eateries in DC. Still pricey, but worth it.
  • The cafe is a must.
  • Have kids? Visit kids area on third floor, it's awesome!
  • By far the best lunch spot in the Smithsonian museums. Really, Air & Space? McDonalds?
  • Best museum food out there
  • Don't miss lunch at Mitsitam inside the cafe! Features native foods from the americas, organized by region. Today's must have - Chicken tamale with peanut sauce, paired with Mexican Hot Chocolate.
  • Worst museum on the Mall. Exhibits are terrible. Despite hundreds of different tribes in the Americas, very few are covered. The fact that everyone raves about the restaurant is all you need to know.
  • Make sure you dine in the cafeteria on native inspiring dishes. Try the buffalo chili and some fry bread!
  • Mitsitsam Cafe is one of the best places to dine near the museums.
  • The food is good, but expensive.
  • NATIVE American, not American Indian.. Indians are from India..
  • Get the frybread @ cafe. Best food EVER!!! #frybreadpowet
  • Cheesy exhibits, but awesome information! Really good food in the cafe.
  • even the grounds are great :)
  • Most unique lunch option in DC!!!!!
  • The building and grounds are spectacular, the collection strong but poorly curated and the food expensive but terrific.
  • The cafe great. Museum very disappointing. Of all the great things to learn and art of our native North Americans this museum misses. Building is beautiful.
  • World Trade Center memorial sculpture made from debris found at Ground Zero by iron worker Darryl Pronovost, 2001. Other artifacts of 9/11 are here. Honored to see them preserved!
  • Much has been said about the cafeteria here. The toasted pecan and coconut drink from the espresso bar is a delight:)