National Museum of the American Indian, by Hansen, Carl C, September 21, 2004, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2004-53062. National Museum of the American Indian, 2004
Aerial view of the National Museum of the American Indian.
G. G. Heye Holding Bella Coola Dish, by Menzies, T. P. O, July 29, 1958, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-2246 and NMAI-36887. G.G. Heye with Bella Coola Bowl, 1958
George Gustav Heye, founder of the National Museum of the American Indian, stands outside holding a dish, with Mrs. R.C. Draney and E. S. Robinson to his left holding a canoe prow. The group is in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the artifacts are Bella Coola.  
Secretary Adams at Signing Ceremony NMAI, by Minor-Penland, Laurie, 1989, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 89-8343-11or 89-8343.11. Signing of American Indian Transfer to Smithsonian, 1989
Ninth Smithsonian Secretary (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams (1926- ), signs Memorandum of Understanding with Museum of American Indian (MAI), Heye Foundation, transferring its superb collection of American Indian artifacts to Smithsonian at ceremony on May 8, 1989, overlooking the site of the hoped-for new National Museum of the American Indian to be built on the Mall in Washington to house Heye Foundation Collection. Looking on left to right: Suzan Harjo, member of board of trustees, Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York City; Roland Force, director MAI; Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), chief support of legislation to create NMAI within SI; Dick Baker, member Lakota Sioux Red Feather Society; Congressman Ben Nighthorse Campbell (D-CO), only American Indian member in Congress.
National Museum of the American Indian Trustees, by Penland, Dane A, 1990, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 90-1089-5 or 90-1089.05. American Indian Museum Trustees, 1990
Members of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian, seated from left:: Barber B. Conable Jr., Julie Johnson Kidd, Curt Muser, Helen Sheirbeck, Jennie Joe; standing, from left:: Arturo Warman, Janine Pease-Windy Boy, Alvin Josephy, Jr., Waldemar Nielsen, Robert Buffalohead, Fred Hoxie, Rosita Worl, Ernest Boyer, David Hurst Thomas, Norbert Hill, and Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams. They are in the Secretary's Parlor, Smithsonian Institution Building.
National Museum of the American Indian Staff, New York City, by Furth, Karen, 1990, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1103. American Indian Museum Staff, 1990
National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) staff (and some colleagues from the Huntington Library) gathered in July for this group photo in New York City. NMAI, Heye Foundation, located at 155th Street and Broadway, became part of the Smithsonian Institution in the summer of 1990
Alexander Hamilton Customs House, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1991, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1527 and 91-8290-3. Alexander Hamilton Customs House, 1991
Exterior of the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in New York City prior to its renovation.
Interior of Alexander Hamilton Customs House with Staircase, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1991, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1529 and 91-8289-11. Interior of Customs House with Staircase, 1991
Interior of the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in New York City prior to its renovation. This view show a hallway leading to a curved staircase.
Interior of Alexander Hamilton Customs House with Fountain, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1991, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1528 and 91-8297-3A/4. Interior of Customs House with Fountain, 1991
Interior of the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in New York City prior to its renovation. This view show a rotunda with fountain at the center and murals on the ceiling.
Visitors at "Path We Travel" Exhibit at the George Gustav Heye Center, by Gumpel, Roy, October 30, 1994, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1533 and 95-288. Heye Center Opening Day, 1994
Visitors at the opening day of the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in New York City. They are viewing the "The Path We Travel" exhibit.
Model of National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1995, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1531 and 95-1147-22. Model of Cultural Resources Center, 1995
Model of the National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center, to be building adjoining the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.
Installation of Dakota Tepee, Arts and Industries Building, by Vargas, Rick, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-2389. Installation of Dakota Teepee, 1996
American Indian Museum and Exhibits Central staff install a Dakota tepee (circa 1910) in the North Hall of the Arts and Industries Building for a special exhibition titled "Stories of the "People". This was a preview of the National Museum of the American Indian to be built on the Mall.
Native American Dancers Performing at the 150th Birthday Party on the Mall, by Brown, R, August 10, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-25556-8A or 96-25556.08A. Native American Dancers at Smithsonian Sesquicentennial, 1996
Native Americans perform ritual dances as part of the National Museum of the American Indian's participation in the Smithsonian Institution's 150th Birthday Party on the Mall.
NMAI Model, by Strauss, Richard, February 16, 2001, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2001-1170. American Indian Museum Model, 2001
Model for the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Excavation for NMAI, by Unknown, November 2001, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, J. Excavation Site for American Indian Museum, 2001
Excavation site for the new National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall south of the National Air and Space Museum, seen from the west, with the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Botanic Garden visible behind it.
NMAI Pow Wow, by Unknown, September 14, 2002, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, NMAI_Pow_Wow_2002_002. American Indian Museum Powwow, 2002
Native American PowWow organized by the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Participants are dancing in a tent, with audience visible.
Installation of NMAI Compression Ring, by Tinsley, Jeff, 2002, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, DSC02012. Installation of Compression Ring, c. 2002
Installation of the compression ring at the top of the new National Museum of the American Indian. Cranes are lifting the ring into place at the center of the atrium, seen from the east. Scaffolding surrounds the building.
NMAI Atrium During Construction, by Di Loreto, James, March 9, 2004, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2004-23223. Atrium During Construction, 2004
View down into the atrium of the new National Museum of the American Indian during construction.
NMAI Welcome Center Exhibit, by Steiner, John, November 10, 2004, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2004-59305. NMAI Welcome Center Exhibit
National Museum of the American Indian Welcome Center Exhibit in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building.
Construction of NMAI from Independence Avenue, by Unknown, 2004, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, #384. American Indian Museum Construction, 2004
Construction of the National Museum of the American Indian seen from Independence Avenue to the south. Cranes are still present near the entrance. A Welcome Center truck sits outside of the Museum.
Opening of NMAI with Elders on Mall, by Hurlbert, Don, September 21, 2004, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2004-55090. Opening of American Indian Museum with Elders on Mall, 2004
Group photograph of some of the chiefs and tribal elders attending the opening celebration of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Image was taken on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at c. 3 pm. This event was the largest gathering of Native Americans in history.