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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

 
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is the only museum in the Chicago-area that focuses exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of North America. Its general purpose is to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native American peoples through the collection, preservation and interpretation of their traditional and contemporary art and material culture.
Address: Evanston, IL, 60201    
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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian was founded in 1977 through a gift to Kendall College of approximately 3000 Native American objects by John M. and Betty Seabury Mitchell. Since that time the collection has grown through gifts and purchases to include more than 10,000 objects.
Tours take about an hour. Groups may spend additional time on a craft project or visiting the Museum Shop. Youth and adult groups may also visit the Museum without a tour, but are asked to contact the Museum in advance so as not to conflict with other tours or programs.
The Teaching Lodge. The Lodge itself is made from the branches of birch trees and covered with sheets of birch bark (wigwas in Potawatomi/Ojibwe). This is the kind of structure that Great Lakes Indian peoples used for short periods of time while hunting, fishing, and other activities that took them from their home villages. They used the resources around them and wasted nothing. The front door of the Lodge is made of tanned elk hide. In the lodge are deerskin floor coverings and an inviting "fire." Nearby are containers made of birch bark, stretched deer and beaver skins, pelts, basswood and bulrush grass mats. Their is also a toboggan and snow shoes, both inventions of Native Americans. You are invited to explore the space on your own or if with a school group or if you call ahead - we can make arrangements for storytelling, flute playing, drumming and sharing of experiences. The entire space makes for a welcoming and educational, as well as entertaining, space for those of all ages. A Teaching Lodge is a place to discover, connect and experience.
Loan Boxes. Teachers from the Chicago area may borrow Loan Boxes from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian for use in their classrooms. All boxes contain artifacts that may be handled by students (under the teacher’s supervision) and a Teacher’s Guide as well as a variety of books, videos, slides and audio tapes.
The Museum Shop features Native American art and craft items, books, music and videos, and includes a selection of moderately priced items suitable for children. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and the Museum reserves the right to limit the number of people in the Shop at any one time.
We offer free parking behind the museum for our visitors.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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3001 Central St. Evanston, IL, 60201

Website: Mitchell Museum  The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is the only museum in the Chicago-area that focuses exclusively on the culture of the Native people.

 

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