Student Group Visits
Self-Guided Visits to the Museum
The museum offers self-guided experiences for students to learn about Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere while exploring our exhibitions. Registration is not required for groups visiting the museum's public spaces on their own. General visitor information is available on the Visit page. Individuals and groups may also choose to use the museum's Self Guides and other educational resources related to current exhibitions:
- Pre-K–3 Self Guide
- Grades 4–6 Self Guide
- Grades 7–12 Self Guide
- The Great Inka Road Activity Guide
- The Chaski: Official Messengers of the Inka Empire
- Los Chaskis: Mensajeros oficiales del Imperio Inka
- Our Universes Family Guide
- Americans Gallery Discussion Guide
- Women Making History Guide
- Living Maya Time website
Adult chaperones are required for all student groups. Chaperones must supervise and remain with their groups at all times. Groups that are inadequately supervised during their visit may be asked to leave the building. Groups of students Grade 3 and below require a ratio of one (1) chaperone for every five (5) students. Groups of students Grade 4 and up require a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students.
K–12 Distance Learning Programs
Bring the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian to your classroom! Learn about the rich, complex, and dynamic histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere from anywhere with new distance learning programs. Visit the Educators page to learn more.
Looking to extend the learning? Native Knowledge 360° offers educational resources and online lessons that provide a richer and more inclusive discourse about American Indians.