Hours and Locations

National Museum of the American Indian

American Indian Museum
4th St. & Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed Dec. 25

Admission is free


The National Museum of the American Indian cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native objects, photographs, and media, covering the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.


Lelawi Theater (temporarily closed)Americans; Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian NationsReturn to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake; ImagiNATIONS Activity Center.

We encourage the use of Metrorail and Metrobus.


Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza (Smithsonian Museums exit); Blue, Green, Orange, Silver, or Yellow line

Nearest Accessible Metro Entrance:
L’Enfant Plaza
SW corner of the Department of Transportation courtyard; D St. SW between 6th and 7th St.

Check Metrorail's Elevator and Escalator Service Status page for service disruptions.


To provide an address for MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 320 Maryland Ave., SW.


There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. A limited number of city-operated metered parking spaces are available, including several accessible parking spaces.

View a map of accessible parking spaces.

Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).


Mitsitam Espresso Bar
Pastries and casual fare from the cafe’s repertoire, plus Tribal Grounds Coffee—organic, fair-trade coffee grown by indigenous farmers and imported, roasted, and provided to the museum by the Eastern Band of Cherokee.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mitsitam Café
"Mitsitam" means "Let's Eat!" in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples. The café enhances the museum experience by offering Native-inspired cuisines from five regions of the Western Hemisphere, including the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains.Tamales, roasted turkey, grilled salmon, homemade seasonal soups, buffalo burgers, Indian fry bread, a seasonal variety of aqua fresca and desserts.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For assistance with/information on group dining, please email segroupsales@si.edu.


The Roanoke Museum Store presents Native American artistry from the past and present, illustrating how different artists interpret cultural traditions and art forms. The store features jewelry, textiles, and other works by Native artisans; souvenirs; and children’s books and toys. Selected books, music, and gifts are also available via our online bookstore and the Smithsonian Store

See Getting Here for information on accessible parking and public transportation.

Accessibility Information and Programs

Disability access service requests: NMAI-GroupReservations@si.edu

Collection items shown may not be on view.