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National Museum of the American Indian

History Museum
Southwest Washington, Washington
  • JB S.
    "Best museum food I have ever eaten."(4 Tips)
    CJ T.
    "Delicious Native American foods"(3 Tips)
    "Don't miss lunch at Mitsitam inside the cafe!"(3 Tips)
    Khürt W.
    "Mitsitsam Cafe is one of the best places to dine near the museums."(26 Tips)
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    HISTORYJuly 5, 2012
    Opened in 2004, this museum is devoted to the history and culture of Native people in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Brad W.
    Brad WilletSeptember 29, 2013
    This is really a well done museum of culture and insight. Really pleased with all the presentations and the displays here. A bit more sparse than ogre museums you may visit but still worth it!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaSeptember 7, 2014
    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.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddySeptember 4
    The exhibits are very informative. I loved the Kay WalkingStick exhibit and plan to return for other artists as they are displayed. Definitely try the different Native American foods at the café!
  • J B.
    J BohdelDecember 21, 2014
    Food, as others have said, is amazing. Kids' room is great, but was better when the docents stayed in different areas instead of roaming. Lots of information, prepared for different levels.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmithSeptember 27, 2015
    The best exhibition is right on the top floor. Exploring Native American culture and traditions, not to be missed but they need to do more with what is a massive building
  • Easy Figure I.
    Easy Figure InternationalSeptember 26, 2013
    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!
  • Joan E.
    Joan EisenstodtNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful, emotional building and land. Lovely and yummy food court. Happy to see number of ppl carrying out food for their Thanksgivukkahs -- er, Thanksgivings.
  • Craig H.
    Craig HutchinsonAugust 9, 2013
    popped in for lunch so didn't see much of the Museum, lunch selection was varied and different, Bison burger etc and was pretty good quality. Would recommend as a lunch venue
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    The layout of their exhibits are great, really powerful. Interactivity is low (not all the wonderful for kids) but the content more than makes up for it
  • Craig K.
    Amazing food, get the sides and the specialty burgers. The mains are decent, but the burgers and tacos rule.
  • Kethrellan P.
    Great café and gift shop, as well as an interesting collection of exhibits on American Indian culture and history. I could spend hours here!
  • Lee G.
    Lee GrigsbyNovember 1, 2014
    This has to be the best cafeteria out of all the museums! Everything is good - the salmon, bison burger, tres leche... try it all!
  • loran j.
    loran jonakMay 16, 2015
    This is a good museum overall. Nice architecture and very informative. Also not usually crowded, which is nice for visitors like us.
  • Kat C.
    Kat CameronAugust 8, 2014
    The menu is filled with a variety of amazing foods, which makes up for its pricey-ness. Great place to have lunch for sure!
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Much has been said about the cafeteria here. The toasted pecan and coconut drink from the espresso bar is a delight:)
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollJuly 27, 2015
    Great art museum, heavily censored history museum. No mention of genocide, not much of warfare. There's a long ugly history of how the Smithsonian treats American Indians. Good food but overpriced.
  • Ty J.
    Ty JacobsJuly 6, 2012
    Don't plan on eating at 5:00, even though the museum is open until 5:30 the cafe takes away all its food AND the employees begin yelling "Close the gate! Gotta stop these people comin in!"
  • Aga A.
    Aga ArtkaSeptember 18, 2012
    Mitsitam Cafe is sooo good! Five different native American food stations. Try something you have never had before. Live a little!
  • Samurai D.
    Samurai DogApril 2, 2011
    The food is excellent. Lots of choices and good quality. We ate at 11:30 on a Saturday with no wait. When we were leaving the line was down the hall.
  • Eugene S.
    Eugene SSeptember 3, 2014
    Order the tasting plate. Salmon. Bison. Collard greens. Wild rice. Winning
  • Christine G.
    Christine GApril 14, 2015
    Employees were really unprofessional and downright rude. The food was amazing, obviously. The exhibits are sparse and confusing. American Indian museum and there's tons of stuff from Peru?!
  • Dani
    DaniApril 1, 2013
    Take older children. Like through 4th grade. They will be more interested bc by 5th grade they will have learned a lot about what they are reading. There is a lot of reading.
  • Dasha U.
    Dasha UlybinaFebruary 28, 2014
    Distinctive curvilinear forms, fascinating art work and fabulous architecture!
  • Will
    WillOctober 26, 2010
    Couldn't have been more satisfied with the food!!!!! We were a group of 5, including 1 vegetarian. We ate more at lunch that day than any lunch we could ever remember!!! (the food was that good!)
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HartleyAugust 9, 2014
    The cafe in here is amazing. Try something different every time. But always get the fry bread! :)
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JohnsonApril 23, 2012
    The restaurant, while expensive, is fantastic. Don't get the burger, chicken fingers or fries - they are ordinary. Try something new and you'll be surprised.
  • Puck P.
    Puck PeijnenburgOctober 19, 2014
    Great place to have a lunch at the mall. Way better than the Mac in the air and space museum next door!!
  • Silvia
    SilviaJanuary 16, 2010
    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. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    After learning about America’s indigenous cultures, you can get a taste of some native dishes in the cafeteria. – Green Guide Editor
  • Libby G.
    Libby GAugust 15, 2013
    Amazing museum, wonderful kids exhibition on upper floor and the restaurant is a MUST!
  • Lori B.
    Lori BonicelliApril 21, 2012
    Get the Plate of Color for $14.00. You get 4 sides from any of the reigons. Beets & apples, radish & fiddleheads, wild rice & watercress,
  • Shannon A.
    Shannon AMarch 10, 2012
    Hidden gem in the Smithsonian lineup! Beautiful exhibits without the crowds of the more "popular" musuems.
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan VargasSeptember 22, 2011
    Make sure you dine in the cafeteria on native inspiring dishes. Try the buffalo chili and some fry bread!
  • John C.
    John CockerillApril 13, 2015
    Great building design and even better exhibits. Very informative. Beautiful artifacts too
  • Hayley C.
    Hayley ChurchNovember 12, 2012
    Museum artifacts not great, food in the cafe is the best part! Try the buffalo sandwich!
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardAugust 30, 2013
    This museum is great. There are a lot of cool alcoves and places to sit down.
  • Stirling S.
    Stirling ScottDecember 21, 2014
    The cafe is pretty great, expensive though. Not a very interactive museum but definitely interesting if you like art and history.
  • Alev
    AlevJuly 20, 2013
    One of the best museum in mall area. Beware that it takes lots of time to see all.
  • Carl A.
    Carl AndersonApril 29, 2013
    Do not leave without visiting the cafeteria. They have an AWESOME selection of Native American cuisine.
  • Carter
    CarterJune 21, 2012
    Best museum food EVER! And definitely the best place to grab food on the national mall.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    The café is the best in town. Just go there for food sometimes. Love!
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunMarch 15, 2012
    DC is packed with amazing things to do with kids. One of our favorite places was this museum. -Brand Development Director
  • catherine b.
    catherine brownNovember 20, 2012
    This will make you appreciate our American Indian culture. Cancel your schedule for the day and enjoy learning history .
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    An underrated museum. Really gorgeous and interesting. A must visit.
  • Patrick Z.
    Patrick ZipfJuly 4, 2013
    The cafeteria has a nice selection but pay close attention to your valuables. If you take your eye off them for a second they'll be swiped.
  • Maggie S.
    Maggie SnettingJuly 8, 2013
    Cheesy exhibits, but awesome information! Really good food in the cafe.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 1, 2014
    The food is probably the best on the Mall. Especially for fans of game meat.
  • Tony O.
    Tony OnoratiJanuary 11, 2013
    They have an amazing cafeteria with samplings of many of the American Indian cuisines.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UtterJune 7, 2011
    Start at the too and work your way down. Sometimes there are performances in the atrium space.
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