Housed in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, and one of the few branches of the Smithsonian Institution that is located outside Washington, D.C., this is the nation’s first museum to promote Native American history, culture, languages and arts in exhibitions culled from the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of decorative and functional ethnographic objects, including beadwork, stone carvings, painted hides, turquoise jewelry, fur clothing, skin kayaks and moose hair embroidery.
Exhibitions include “Unbound: Narrative Arts of the Plains” and “Circle of Dance.” “Infinity of Nations” is a permanent exhibition of approximately 700 works of Native art.
Hours: Daily 10 am-5 pm, Th 10 am-8 pm
Closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
The museum’s Gallery Store, also open daily 10 am-5 pm, offers handcrafted jewelry, pottery, textiles and more.