One of the few museums in the U.S.A to concentrate solely on the arts and history of the native peoples of North America, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian offers a unique look into this proud culture. Through different exhibits, programs, presentations and activities you can learn about and enjoy the oral traditions and historical legacy of the American Indians while also becoming informed on the current struggles facing their wider community.
Things to Do
- The Mitchell regularly hosts school field trips and provides resources to help teachers plan and get the most out of the trip. These resources include worksheets, lesson plans and information on teaching strategies and curriculum guides.
- Loan Boxes can also be rented for the academic year for a flat fee. These boxes include artefacts from the museum and information on the American Indians.
- Every Saturday Kid's Arts and crafts classes are held where children can learn how to craft genuine objects that the American Indians used such as masks and shields as well as skills like loom weaving.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Insider Tips
- A small, free parking lot can be found behind the museum.
- Plenty of the exhibits are free to touch and play with making it a more fun and interactive experience for children. For example there is a replica of a traditional teepee into which they can go and play.
- You can drive to the museum or take public transport. It is on the CTA's Purple line and is also serviced by the number 201 and 206 buses. Take a look at their website for full instructions on how to get there.