Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Mitchell Museum hosts a series of unique and authentic events exploring the art, culture and lives of Native Americans. The events below are sure to be of special interest.

Click on the highlighted events to check out the event flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events:

Dr. David Beck Discussion and Book Signing of City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago 1893 - 1934 - Thursday, May 21, 6 - 8 PM

$10 members/$12 non-members

Touring Through Time Bike Tour - Saturday, July 11, 2 - 4 PM

Explore Evanston and Wilmette on a group bicycle tour of the landmarks of local Native history.

$10 members/$12 non-members

Space is limited; RSVP by July 7th


Recent Events:

Artist Terry Gasdia (Hopi/Akimel O'odahm) Trunk Show - May 2 - 3

10 AM - 5 PM Saturday, Noon - 4 PM Sunday

Free; museum admission separate

Terry Gasdia Presentation: "Hopi Traditional Arts, Culture & Peoples of the Southwest" - Saturday, May 2nd, 2 PM

$10 Members/$12 Non-members

Teachers can earn CPDU credits

Master Craft: Black Ash Basketry with Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe) - Thursday, April 30, 6:30 - 8 PM

Calling All Girl Scouts! Native Peoples Today by Christine Redcloud (White Earth Ojibwe) - Saturday, April 18, 10 - 11:30 AM

Spring Break: All-Day D.I.Y. Crafts - Friday, April 3 - Friday, April 10

When school's out, kids can still learn and create at the Mitchell Museum with special craft projects, full museum access, and storytime book readings at 2:00 pm daily.

New Exhibit Opening: Miniatures - Saturday, April 4

Curator-Led Exhibit Tour - Saturday, April 4, 3 - 4 PM

Dine' Women's Traditional Fashion - Thursday, March 19

To complement our year-long Native Haute Couture Exhibit, Curator Janelle L. Stanley (Dine'/Acoma) will share in-depth the Dine' history of women's traditional fashion.

2015 Annual Benefit: Nurturing the Land - Saturday, February 28

This year's benefit, "Nurturing the Land," was a celebration of the Mitchell Museum's legacy of promoting Native American art, education, and culture; the traditions of caring for the land carried on by Native communities today; as well as the work our new community partner, the Chi-Nations Youth Council.

Ho-Chunk History & Culture - Sunday, February 8

John Dall (Ho-Chunk) presented a lecture on Ho-Chunk history and culture and discussed in detail how the ciporoke (or lodge, built on our West Lawn in September by a Ho-Chunk Nation delegation from Wisconsin) plays an active role in tribal culture today, as well as its design and historical context. A tour of the ciporoke followed the lecture.

New Exhibit Grand Opening + Curator Led Tour: "Native Haute Couture" - Saturday, January 31

Our latest exhibit explores the artistry, expertise of tanning, weaving, embroidery, beadwork, and tailoring incorporated in these unique and priceless garments worn on Native American runways - the pow wows, ceremony, and celebrations of tribal culture.

Storytelling - Saturday, January 11

We were honored to recently welcome Robert Wapahi (Dakota), a local artist and storyteller, to share a new selection of traditional and contemporary stories told in the Dakota tradition. This was the final storytelling program held in conjunction with the Mitchell Museum's Storyteller exhibit, "Storytelling: Inspiring Traditions for Generations," closing January 16th.

2:30 - 3:30 pm; $10 members/ $12 non-members

2014 Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Lecture - November 12

Richard West, Jr., Southern Cheyenne, CEO of the Autry National Center of the American West CEO and founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian, spoke to a packed house as he delivered a riveting presentation for our 5th annual Montezuma Lecture,
“Museums and Native America in the 21st Century: Journeys in Interpretation.”

Grand Opening of the Ho-Chunk Ciporoke and

Annual Achievement Party

In September 2014, a delegation from the Ho-Chunk Nation built a ciporoke, or lodge, on the museum's west lawn. A party to celebrate the hard work, support, and achievements of the Mitchell Museum community was held the night of the formal opening ceremony, which featured drum and dancers from the Ho-Chunk Nation.


Events are funded in part through a generous grant from the

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

Adults: $5.00
Children, students,          seniors: $2.50 
Mitchell Members: FREE
Tribal Members: FREE


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