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The 4D/NMAI Virtual Museums Project Story

This Virtual Tour is the result of a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, the Four Directions project and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Four Directions project is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Education Challenge Grant and is managed by the Pueblo of Laguna Department of Education.

The story of the collaboration between the Four Directions project and the National Museum of American Indian begins with ideas relating to the overlapping goals of museums and schools - to educate the public by offering rich learning experiences.
Model of NMAI Map of the future site
The Museum on the Mall
(architect's rendering)

Map of the United States

The National Museum of the American Indian is an education and research institution that shares the concerns of schools. By the year 2003 it will consist of three physical facilities: the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, the Museum on the Mall in Washington D.C., and the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland. The groundbreaking for the NMAI on the National Mall was celebrated on September 28, 1999. Museum staff identify a "Fourth Museum" -- one that exists outside the walls of the three physical museum buildings, serving those who would benefit from the knowledge and experiences the museum can offer, but are unable visit the New York City or Washington, D. C. museums.

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