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Tribal Museums Day

Saturday, December 2, 2023 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (EST)


Sharing Our Wisdom, Values and Diverse Cultures

The Association’s vision is to create a world where diverse Native cultures and values are lived, protected and respected. Tribal Museums Day brings attention to our diverse Nations and cultures, stimulates tourism and grows Tribal economies. Tribal Museums Day also supported the vision and mission of each Tribal Museum by re-educating the public that our Nations are the primary experts of Indigenous histories, knowledge, cultures, lifeways and values.  

In celebration of the Association on American Indian Affairs’ 100th anniversary, the Association created the first annual Tribal Museums Day on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Save the date for the next Tribal Museums Day on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Details coming soon!


Tribal Museums Map

For your convenience, we have created an easy to use map and listing with website links for Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers in the United States. 

All Are Welcome!

Check out a Tribal Museum or Cultural Center near you and you may enjoy:
  • FREE Admission
  • Special Exhibits  
  • Gift Shop Discounts (consider holiday gift giving!) 
  • Art Markets  
  • Live Cultural Demonstrations
Tips for Visiting a Tribal Museum
  • You do not need to be a Native American to visit. ALL are welcome.
  • Engage with the experts. Ask questions!
  • Research hours, parking and more by visiting the museum’s website or calling in advance.
  • If you can, donate to the museum or purchase items from Indigenous creators in the gift shop.
If you are unable to visit a Tribal Museum or Cultural Center near you, please visit the websites and social media pages of the museums listed and consider donating or purchasing a membership if you are able. You are also invited to watch our live streaming event or find it posted on YouTube after the event.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed this Resolution "Commending Tribal Museums as the Purveyor of Appropriate Education About Diverse Native American Histories, Cultures and Lifeways, and Calling on the United States Congress and Executive Agencies to Support Tribal Capacity"
Official Press Release
Announcing the first national Tribal Museums Day 
For Tribal Museums, Cultural Centers and Partners
If you would like to learn more about how Tribal Museum or Cultural Center can participate, please click the learn more icon.
Recorded Streaming Event
As part of our 100-year anniversary, the Association hosted a live streaming event on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET on our social media from multiple Tribal Museums to celebrate Tribal Museums Day. The live streaming event was emceed by Shannon Martin, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, an included many wisdom keepers from Indian Country. 

You can watch on our YouTube channel or Facebook!

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“Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers can provide a means for connecting community members to each other. They are also places where Native Nations can present their histories and cultures to visitors from their own perspectives,” said Cynthia Chavez Lamar, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. “Tribal Museums Day is an invitation to all to visit, support, and celebrate Native knowledge and the Native Nations they represent. The National Museum of the American Indian often partners with Tribal Museums to support collection loans, stewardship workshops, and public programming.”

Saturday, December 2, 2023 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (EST)


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