of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Mitchell Museum FAQs
Q: When was the museum founded?
Q: Who founded the museum?
A: The museum was founded after John and Betty Mitchell donated their personal collection of 3,000 Native American artifacts to Kendall College in Evanston, IL in 1977. The Mitchell Museum was originally affiliated with Kendall College, but became an independent non-profit institution in 2006. Since the initial donation of artifacts, the museum’s collection has grown to over 10,000 artifacts.
Q: How many visitors come to the museum each year?
A: We have an annual attendance of around 7,800. That number includes more than 3,500 people in group tours.
Q: What tribes are included in the exhibits?
A: We exhibit artifacts from all North American tribes north of the Mexican border, which includes tribes living in the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Arctic regions.
Q: Is this a good place to bring kids?
A: This is an excellent place to bring kids! We have craft activities, a hunting lodge to explore, and touch tables throughout the museum where kids can pick up and play with Native American clothing, games, furs, tools, pottery, basket,s and much more.
Q: Do you have a list of upcoming events?
A: Yes. Visit Events and learn about upcoming exhibits, programs, crafts and stories, and more.
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