George Gustav Heye Center

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The George Gustav Heye Center is a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian and features contemporary and historical exhibits of art and artifacts by and about Native Americans.

The permanent collection of the Heye Center is called Infinity of Nations, and is designed to show the scope of the Smithsonian’s collection. Organized by geographic regions, the exhibit displays over 700 items and crosses the line from ethnology to art. Multimedia interactions include audio and video, and feature commentary by historians on specific objects. The rotunda is frequently used as a performance space, and features murals reflecting the history of the building, done by Reginald Marsh. Other galleries include the Photography Gallery, Special Exhibit Galleries, Contemporary Galleries, the Haudenosaunee Discovery Room, the Resource Center Reference Library, a small theater (which screens daily films), and the museum store. The ground floor of the building houses the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Culture and the Education Center (referred to as the Tipi Room).

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