Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


Mission Statement

The Mitchell Museum's mission is to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native American Indian peoples through the collection, preservation and interpretation of traditional and contemporary art and material culture.


The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian was founded in 1977 through a gift to Kendall College of approximately 3,000 Native American objects by John Mayo Mitchell and his wife Betty Seabury Mitchell. Since that time the collection has grown through gifts and purchases to include more than 10,000 objects. In 1997, the Mitchell Museum moved from the Kendall College campus to a free standing building formerly housing the Terra Museum of American Art. With this new space, the Mitchell Museum has been able to greatly expand its exhibitions and public programming. As a result the Mitchell Museum currently has approximately 10,000 annual visitors from the Midwest and around the world.

From the founding of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in 1977, the Museum was administered as a department of Kendall College. With plans to move from Evanston to Chicago, Kendall College agreed to formally separate the Museum from the college allowing the Museum to remain at its present location on Central Street in Evanston and operate as an independent entity. On December 29, 2006 the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian emerged as a separate 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. With the transfer of ownership of the property and collections also came the added responsibilities of governance and finance. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is governed by the Board of Directors founded by community members drawn from the Museum’s varied constituencies, including local business owners, art collectors and educators.

Tuesday – Saturday:
10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Adults: $5.00
Children, students, teachers, seniors: $3.00 
Mitchell Members: FREE
Tribal Members: FREE



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