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.


Open daily 10 AM–5:30 PM
except December 25

Mitsitam Cafe
Open daily 11 AM–3 PM

Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar
Open daily 10 AM–5 PM

Museum Store
Open daily 10 AM–5:15 PM

imagiNATIONS Activity Center
Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 AM–4 PM; Sunday, 11 AM–3 PM


Admission is free.
The building is accessible to people with disabilities.


National Museum of the American Indian
National Mall
Fourth Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Getting Here

The National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. All visitors, except for pre-registered groups, must enter through the eastern-facing doors nearest 3rd Street SW. The group entrance is on Maryland Avenue nearest 4th Street SW.

Metro and Bus

The nearest Metro station is L'Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Silver/Green/Yellow lines). Exit toward Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums. Walk two blocks east (toward the U.S Capitol Building) on Maryland Avenue. Bus lines are 30, 32, 34–36—Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue. Visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-7000 for more information.

Parking and Drop-Off

The museum does not have a public parking facility. Metered public parking is available on surrounding streets and a number of commercial parking facilities are convenient to the museum. See the Smithsonian's Parking Map for details. Parking on the National Mall is managed by the National Park Service. Visit https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/parking.htm for more information. Bus drop-offs are allowed on Maryland Avenue only.


The museum's security procedures ensure visitor safety and the protection of objects in the museum. Smithsonian security personnel conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of visitors' bags, briefcases, purses, strollers, and containers. Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector. Those who are unable to do so are hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel. Help speed entry into the museum by having all purses or bags open and ready for inspection, and pockets emptied before going through the screening station. Please note there may be a line to enter the museum on busy days. Security policies and a list of prohibited items are available on the Smithsonian's Security page.