Washington, DC

The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.

Hours & Admission

The museum is open 10 AM–5:30 PM; closed December 25. Exhibition spaces and the store begin closing at 5:15 PM.

The Mitsitam Cafe is open daily 11 AM–3 PM; closed December 25.

The Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar is open daily 10 AM–5 PM.

The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 AM–4 PM; Sunday, 11 AM–3 PM.

Admission is free, and the building is accessible to people with disabilities

Getting Here

The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building.

L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums

Lines 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue

The museum does not have parking. Parking is available by meter on the surrounding streets and in local paid parking garages. There are nine bus drop-off only spaces on Maryland Avenue accessible from 3rd Street.

Visitor Services

Phone: 202-633-1000
TTY: 202-633-5285
Email: nmai-groupreservations@si.edu


Visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the museum. Please note there may be a line to enter the building on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Security page.