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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."(25 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.
  • 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.
  • josef j.
    josef jonDecember 23, 2016
    Beautiful architecture and design but unfortunately many of the collections are apolitical, avoiding themes of resistance, or showing the modern context of American Indian struggles ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddySeptember 4, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Eugene S.
    Eugene SSeptember 3, 2014
    Order the tasting plate. Salmon. Bison. Collard greens. Wild rice. Winning
  • 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
  • Wouter B.
    Wouter BlokFebruary 17
    The 4th floor paints a very honest picture of this horrific time in American history. Astonishing how even today the treaties are being violated by the American president himself. He should visit.
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HartleyAugust 9, 2014
    The cafe in here is amazing. Try something different every time. But always get the fry bread! :)
  • Estefania H.
    Estefania HDecember 23, 2016
    Loved the exhibition and the building as well. Great content and not so big that you get overwhelmed.
  • Kethrellan P.
    Kethrellan PetersonMarch 22, 2016
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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:)
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutJanuary 27
    An architectural masterpiece, the museum has the best "food court" offering Western Hemisphere cuisine from 5 Native American regions. Travel guide -
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Cool building. Great food. Expensive though.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Dasha U.
    Dasha UlybinaFebruary 28, 2014
    Distinctive curvilinear forms, fascinating art work and fabulous architecture!
  • Lorraine-Lori J.
    Small but nice museum. The Mitsitam Cafe is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Libby G.
    Libby GAugust 15, 2013
    Amazing museum, wonderful kids exhibition on upper floor and the restaurant is a MUST!
  • 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!)
  • John C.
    John CockerillApril 13, 2015
    Great building design and even better exhibits. Very informative. Beautiful artifacts too
  • 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.
  • Rafael E.
    Rafael EstradaSeptember 1, 2014
    Five region sampler a must!!!
  • Hayley C.
    Hayley ChurchNovember 12, 2012
    Museum artifacts not great, food in the cafe is the best part! Try the buffalo sandwich!
  • 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!
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardAugust 30, 2013
    This museum is great. There are a lot of cool alcoves and places to sit down.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    The café is the best in town. Just go there for food sometimes. Love!
  • Carl A.
    Carl AndersonApril 29, 2013
    Do not leave without visiting the cafeteria. They have an AWESOME selection of Native American cuisine.
  • 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.
  • Carter
    CarterJune 21, 2012
    Best museum food EVER! And definitely the best place to grab food on the national mall.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 1, 2014
    The food is probably the best on the Mall. Especially for fans of game meat.
  • Maggie S.
    Maggie SnettingJuly 8, 2013
    Cheesy exhibits, but awesome information! Really good food in the cafe.
  • Ivah C.
    Ivah CantuSeptember 23, 2014
    Very neat architecture!
  • Tony O.
    Tony OnoratiJanuary 11, 2013
    They have an amazing cafeteria with samplings of many of the American Indian cuisines.
  • 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.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HendersonOctober 28, 2011
    By far the best lunch spot in the Smithsonian museums. Really, Air & Space? McDonalds?
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMarch 2
    Pretty fascinating place. We were here for a private event which made it even better without many other visitors.
  • Linnéa L.
    Linnéa LJanuary 19, 2013
    Check out the film on contemporary Native cultures on level 4. It is an audiovisual experience indeed.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UtterJune 7, 2011
    Start at the too and work your way down. Sometimes there are performances in the atrium space.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconMarch 24, 2014
    A lot of great artifacts and history. Great cafe food
  • Kiranjeet K.
    Kiranjeet KaurMarch 10, 2014
    Most affordable museum food. Also the best gift store!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HeimJune 12, 2011
    The fry bread is is amazing! Also, try the Geary's Summer Ale from Maine, it's amazing.
  • Amber D.
    Amber De WildeJanuary 14, 2016
    Very interesting museum, the things are very well explained
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 4, 2015
    They serve really good food in the cafeteria.
  • Lucie M.
    Lucie MelahnNovember 7, 2011
    Beautiful architecture inside and out = great place to take pictures guaranteed to look good.
  • Bobbi P.
    Bobbi PApril 28, 2013
    As someone else mentioned- the fact that most of the comments are about the cafe says it all. My friend and I were disappointed as well. It seems too modern. Not very cohesive.
  • Love L.
    Love LacyAugust 9, 2013
    Don't come early for an event at the theater! They make u wait outside.
  • Reza Z.
    Reza ZenJune 18, 2012
    The cafeteria was a big surprise. Too bad I ate before I went but the food looked amazing for a museum.
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilNovember 16, 2011
    Learn more about global warming at “Conversations With the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change" which explores the effects on native communities. Independence is a state of mind.
  • Christine Burnett H.
    The food is an array of different Indian cultures, pretty good except the bison burgers are way over cooked.
  • Danyelle D.
    Danyelle DavisJanuary 2, 2012
    Pulled Buffalo is like jerky. Go for the Venison soup. Yum.
  • Jay F.
    Jay FrostAugust 1, 2011
    The building and grounds are spectacular, the collection strong but poorly curated and the food expensive but terrific. Read more
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarshallJune 15, 2015
    Neat museum, didn't know much about native Americans before, but left feeling a bit more knowledgable
  • Anna M.
    Anna MJuly 9, 2011
    At 3pm they have a free special guided tour, ask at the info desk about it
  • Mitchell C.
    Mitchell CurrinDecember 1, 2014
    Best food at any of the Smithsonian museums.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AJune 12, 2012
    Small museum. Excellent, hands-on kids exhibit!
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Stories about Indian folklore and history are shared twice each day, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.Powered by
  • Dewana M.
    Dewana Mana3 weeks ago
    Changing exhibits. Must see. Cafeteria w/native foods. Yumm.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinAugust 6, 2015
    Cafeteria has a great selection of regional specialties.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FasceskiApril 29, 2010
    The cafeteria here is the best of the museum eateries in DC. Still pricey, but worth it.
  • Antawan H.
    Antawan HolmesMarch 8, 2014
    Start on fourth floor and work your way down.
  • Shannon A.
    Shannon AMarch 10, 2012
    Have kids? Visit kids area on third floor, it's awesome!
  • beckalim
    beckalimJuly 15, 2010
    A great museum with the most amazing exhibits, and cool food! I was there for the parade of the nations when the museum opened and have been a loyal fan ever since!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KatzAugust 14, 2011
    The museum itself is terrible, but cafe is great and the aesthetic is cool.
  • Sunshine S.
    Sunshine SangalangJune 22, 2011
    Try the food at the restaurant. Loved the tacos we ordered
  • suicide_blond
    suicide_blondApril 28, 2013
    even the grounds are great :)
  • Chris B.
    Chris B.July 5, 2012
    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.
  • Joshua D.
    Joshua DelanoJuly 28, 2013
    Its great learning about part of my family's heritage and history
  • CJ T.
    CJ Ten Hoeve 👑January 5, 2013
    Check out the cafe! Delicious Native American foods
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StockDecember 27, 2013
    Pretty architecture but definitely my least favorite of the Smithsonian museums.
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 3, 2015
    I think the cafe is the best thing about this museum...
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJuly 22
    Amazing exhibits. Beauty building.
  • JB S.
    JB SloanMay 27, 2013
    Best museum food I have ever eaten.
  • Fluff N.
    Fluff NuttersonJanuary 1, 2012
    The frybread is light and fluffy. Almost as good as my Gramma's. :-)
  • Danielle J.
    Best food court the Smithsonian Museums offer.
  • Winnie Y.
    Winnie YaganApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hours of fun for kids on the 3rd floor Kids zone.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesSeptember 24, 2014
    Try the buffalo steak. So good!
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MoranMarch 31, 2013
    This building is made entirely with curves, under the belief that evil spirits hide in corners
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 13, 2015
    I love native americans. Fancy gift shop
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse ThomasApril 8, 2013
    Most unique lunch option in DC!!!!!
  • Tatum V.
    Tatum VayavanandaFebruary 28, 2010
    A pulled-buffalo sandwhich, berry-chipote fry bread and mango fresco makes a great end to a hard day of museum-seeing :P
  • Nash T.
    Nash TSeptember 24, 2013
    Bison steak is exceptional!
  • Shaelyn A.
    Shaelyn AmaioJanuary 19, 2013
    A museum cafeteria that doesn't feel like a ripoff because the food isn't crazy expensive and actually tastes good?! Amazing!
  • Trond E.
    Trond EngerApril 19
    Eat in the cantina for a taste of American Indian food.
  • Evan
    EvanJuly 24, 2013
    Best food court and bathrooms on the mall.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LagolaFebruary 10, 2013
    Good concept but terrible execution. Terrible lighting and exhibit layouts left me really confused. It was really disappointing. The grounds are nice though.
  • Corey A.
    Corey AtkinsJanuary 14, 2012
    The food is insanely expensive and they jip you out on portions!
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonSeptember 22, 2014
    Stop in here for the only edible food on the mall.
  • JJ R.
    JJ RamirezFebruary 11, 2011
    Take advantage of the shows here - they're very mind opening.
  • Kurtis S.
    Kurtis ShankFebruary 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Children's area is superb
  • Tara D.
    Tara DavissonMay 15, 2013
    Eat at the cafeteria...even if you aren't hungry.
  • Khürt W.
    Khürt WilliamsApril 4, 2010
    Mitsitsam Cafe is one of the best places to dine near the museums. Read more
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FowlerJune 12, 2013
    Eat in the cafe. Awesome!
  • MaceyF
    MaceyFApril 1, 2013
    There fry bread is amazing!!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HollywoodFebruary 23, 2012
    Head southwest on Maryland ave and have lunch at the gourmet food trucks between 6th and 7th
  • Kristina H.
    Kristina HandyNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The paw paw pudding is delicious
  • Leonda L.
    Leonda LevchukMay 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Bolivian Festival today thru Mother's Day 2013!
  • Nora M.
    Nora MetajSeptember 1, 2012
    Expensive food at the cafe but really worth it!
  • Carissa O.
    Carissa O'BrienJuly 24, 2011
    This venue is equipped with an AED. You can save a life!
  • Just M.
    Just MeJuly 16, 2014
    Extremely cold - bring a sweater!
  • Eddie E.
    Eddie EddieMay 28, 2013
    Very boring compared to all the other museums.
  • Mary Kay
    Mary KayNovember 5, 2012
    Great place to grab lunch on the Mall.
  • Tatum V.
    Tatum VayavanandaFebruary 28, 2010
    The guava flan... If you visit, DO NOT leave without having the guava flan...
  • Cicely L.
    Cicely LOctober 10, 2015
    Just found this place but will definitely return.
  • David
    DavidFebruary 26, 2016
    Interesting and tasty food, but expensive!
  • Ellie P.
    Ellie PalaciosMarch 27, 2012
    Indian taco is delicious!!
  • Arne R.
    Arne RomboutsSeptember 12, 2015
    Get an Indian Guide
  • Derek Z.
    Derek ZellerApril 13, 2013
    Amazing history
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorMarch 29, 2010
    Mitisam cafe is the best place to eat on the Mall. Check out the Brian jungen "tapestry" on your way in
  • Jack P.
    Jack PurdyMay 20, 2014
    Try the liquor.
  • Andi S.
    Andi SBMay 6, 2012
    I founded this to be an extremely boring museum...sorry :-( but there are many more to pick from.
  • Paraiso A.
    Paraiso AzulJuly 23, 2011
    Creative Native Designs booth - 4th floor
  • Fletch P.
    Fletch PersadJuly 5, 2012
    NATIVE American, not American Indian.. Indians are from India..
  • Lorenzo G.
    Lorenzo GuerraAugust 12, 2015
    I expected a little bit more...
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MartinSeptember 5, 2015
    Stuff for toddler
  • Shawn D.
    Shawn DrewJune 6, 2010
    The Brad Jurgen exhibit here is absolutely AMAZING!
  • Roberto R.
    Roberto RamirezJune 17, 2013
    Great exhibits!
  • Danny M.
    Danny MarxJanuary 9, 2010
    The venison at the northern woodlands station hits the spot!
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 12, 2013
    Really enjoyed it
  • Denny T.
    Denny TsangJune 3, 2010
    Spend a little more and get an aqua fresca instead of a fountain soda
  • Nadia A.
    Nadia AbourayaDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's fantastic!
  • Angela S.
    Angela SymesApril 5, 2010
    Not as many vegetarian entree choices as expected. High prices for tiny salads, although the "junk food" (fries and chips) are served in large quanity.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SpringsteenJuly 25, 2010
    Hit this Museum after Museum of Air and Space
  • Brian K.
    Brian KOctober 27, 2013
    Nice experience
  • Ann B.
    Ann BuchananMay 16, 2013
    Close walk to the Capital
  • Neil S.
    Neil SymesApril 5, 2010
    Cafe is good but NOT vegetarian friendly. Few sides and 1 main dish today.
  • Terilee007
    Terilee007July 1, 2010
    Get the frybread @ cafe. Best food EVER!!! #frybreadpowet
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LeAnnDecember 14, 2012
    Pretty cool...
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MorganOctober 15, 2011
    Great stories!
  • Stewart C.
    Stewart CallahanFebruary 23, 2013
    Watch the film 4th floor
  • Olaseni O.
    Olaseni OdebiyiJune 6, 2012
  • Ting L.
    Ting LeeJune 3, 2010
    Great, but crowded during lunch time.
  • George H.
    George HudsonNovember 20, 2012
    Very informative
  • Sheri C.
    Sheri CarboneJuly 6, 2013
    It was nice.
  • Andy N.
    Andy NahmanSeptember 11, 2012
    Eat lunch here.
  • Jason
    JasonMay 15, 2010
    The Alan Ginsburg photograph exhibit is a must-see.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BostromFebruary 3, 2010
    Best museum food out there
  • Steve
    SteveMarch 6, 2010
    The cafe is a must.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HanleyAugust 28, 2011
    Decent food in the cafeteria
  • Felipe R.
    Felipe RuizJuly 29, 2012
    Madness inside!!!!! Stay away!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BurgessDecember 21, 2009
    Great food in their cafe!
  • Kriz A.
    Kriz AlinJanuary 26, 2010
    The food is good, but expensive.
  • John S.
    John S.September 20, 2012
    Worst food in town!
  • Denise L.
    Denise Lemos ViolaAugust 13, 2013
    Um museu bem interativo que mostra de uma forma geral para onde as tribos se espalharam e o que fazem hoje em dia, diferente, gostei
  • Fabian M.
    Fabian MoraSeptember 29, 2015
    Muy bien cuidado y bien puestas las exposiciones, pero creo que falta mas contenido
  • Niyazi S.
    Niyazi SahinFebruary 4, 2013
    Amerikan yerlilerine ne olduğunu öğrenmek icin ideal bir yer
  • Ellen P.
    Ellen PapeAugust 6, 2013
    Beste Cafeteria weit und breit!
  • Yasuhisa K.
    Yasuhisa KondoAugust 3, 2012
    1階のカフェテリア Mitsitam で美味しい先住民風料理が食べられます。
  • Alexandr L.
    Alexandr LabzaJuly 8, 2013
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