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Museum of the American Indian Tour

In keeping with Native American traditions, the National Museum of the American Indian faces east toward the rising sun and the U.S. Capitol building. Click on the photo to take a virtual tour that highlights some of the 8,000 objects from museum's permanent collection.

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The National Museum of the American Indian is designed to blend into the National Mall's urban, yet park-like setting, while still retaining Native values. Douglas Cardinal, the Indian architect from Canada well respected for his signature "organic" works, is the creative intellect behind the building.

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Exterior water feature pays homage to Tiber Creek, a tidal creek that originally ran through the site when the National Mall was a swamp. The quiet pool flows into a circular drainage beside the main entrance of the Museum..

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Visitors wait in a long line to enter through the National Museum of the American Indian's East entrance.

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A central feature of the National Museum of the American Indian's interior is the Potomac, a 120-foot-wide rotunda that sours 120 feet to a skylight.

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An oculas (skylight) on top of the Potomac rotunda.

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A side view of the Potomac rotunda.

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Indian Face

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The Resource Center is the focal point of the electronic outreach and educational programs in the National Museum of the American Indian.

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A touch screen magnifies and gives information on one ot the museum's artifacts.

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National Museum of the American Indian Allan Houser exhibit

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National Museum of the American Indian Allan Houser exhibit

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National Museum of the American Indian Allan Houser exhibit

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National Museum of the American Indian Allan Houser exhibit

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National Museum of the American Indian Allan Houser exhibit

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