Student Group Visits

The museum offers a variety of guided and self-guided experiences for students to learn about the rich, complex, and dynamic histories and cultures of indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

1st Grade–12th Grade Group Visits

Guided Gallery Programs

Discover new perspectives on American Indian history, culture, and contemporary lives through a shared experience, facilitated with dialogue, in the museum's exhibitions. In these programs, the museum's educators invite students with varied experiences and differing perspectives to engage in an open-ended conversation that leads to personal and collective learning.

Register for Guided Gallery Programs and Cultural and Performing Arts Programs

Please note:

  • Guided gallery programs are FREE, but advance registration is required.
  • Programs are available for students Grades 1–12.
  • Registration may be requested Monday–Friday, September to June, excluding federal holidays.
  • Each program lasts 30–45 minutes. Program start times are 10:15 & 11:15 AM.

Guided Gallery Program Themes

Stories of the People (Grades 1–3)

Stories are shared from one generation to the next and are important in teaching cultural traditions, history, and worldviews. Students enjoy listening to a story from one of the Americas' many Indigenous communities, before exploring the museum's collections to learn more.
30 minutes; geared for younger students
Capacity: 33 students and up to 5 chaperones

People of the Eastern Woodlands (Grades 3–7)

This classroom-based program focuses on Native people of the Northeast Woodlands region of the United States and Canada, with particular focus on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Learn about the communities, including their local environments, governments, and continued cultural vibrancy.
45 minutes; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Capacity: 33 students and up to 4 chaperones

Indigenous Innovations (Grades 4–12)

Learn how Native people of the Americas impact the world in countless ways through their scientific discoveries and inventions. From foods and medicines, to recreation and much more, discover the remarkable contributions that Native people have given to our world today.
45 minutes
Capacity: 33 students and up to 4 chaperones

Native Games of the Americas (Grades 3–8)

Games are an integral part of Native community life. They are played to connect communities and teach cultural values, history, and skills. In this fun and active program, students play games from different areas of the Americas and gain a deeper understanding of the games' origins and significance.
45 minutes
Capacity: 33 students and up to 4 chaperones

CULTURAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM

This new series of dynamic and engaging cultural and performing arts programs offers unique, one-of-a-kind immersive experiences including cultural experts, vibrant performances, demonstrations, and activities.

Please note:

  • Cultural and performing arts programs are FREE, but advance registration is required.
  • Program capacity varies (see listings for details); a minimum of 10 students is required to register.
  • Grades 3 and below require a ratio of one (1) adult for every five (5) students. Grades 4 and up require a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students.
  • Programs are added to the registration calendar as they become available. Check back for additional programs throughout the year.

CULTURAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM THEMES

Cultural Insights: Taíno Perspective with Jorge Estevez (Taíno)

Recommended for students grades 3–12
September 25–27, 2019 | 10:30 & 11:15 AM
October 16–18, 2019 | 10:30 & 11:15 AM
November 6–8, 2019 | 10:30 & 11:15 AM
Capacity: 33 students and up to 4 chaperones

Learn about Taíno culture and worldviews from tekina (teacher) and activist Jorge Estévez. Through cultural materials and live demonstrations, students will gain a better understanding about the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions. Last chance to view the exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage & Identity in the Caribbean, closing November 12, 2019.

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Recommended for all ages
November 1, 2019 | 10:15 & 11:15 AM

Celebrate Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the National Museum of the American Indian! Cultural experts lead a series of vibrant performances, demonstrations, and activities that immerse students in this traditional celebration.

4th Grade–12th Grade Group Visits to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Native people are the original innovators of the Americas. This is the powerful message of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Through a variety of hands-on activities, visitors to the Center can explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions that are so amazing, many continue to affect the world today.

Register group visits to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center

HOURS

Sunday through Saturday: 10 AM–4:30 PM
Registered group visits are in 30-minute increments: 10:30 AM–12 PM & 2–3 PM.
Hours of operation are subject to change.

All visitors are welcome to explore the Center's hands-on, self-directed activities on a first-come, first-served basis. No food or drinks are allowed. The Center is appropriate for ages 9 and older. Educators and knowledgeable volunteers are available to assist and engage with visitors.

Please note:

  • All groups, including school or home-school classes, adult groups, camp, or scout groups, are required to reserve entry to the imagiNATIONS Activity Center.
  • School groups must be Grades 4–12 and limited to 32 students per timed entry, with a requirement of one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) students.
  • Groups may only request reservations in 30-minute increments from Sunday to Saturday: 10:30 AM–12:30 PM & 2–3 PM.
  • Each group will receive a 10-minute introduction during their 30-minute visit.
  • Advanced reservations are strongly recommended to best serve the specific needs of each group.
  • Group visit policy is subject to change.

SELF-GUIDED VISITS TO THE MUSEUM

Registration is not required for groups exploring the museum's public spaces on their own. General visitor information is available on the Visit page.

CHAPERONE POLICY

Adult chaperones are required for all student groups. Chaperones must supervise and remain with their groups at all times. Grades 3 and below require a ratio of one (1) adult for every five (5) students. Grades 4 and up require a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students. The museum reserves the right to cancel programs for groups that do not meet the chaperone policy. Groups that are inadequately supervised during their on-site visit may be asked to leave the building.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE 360° CLASSROOM RESOURCES

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.