Mitchell Museum
of the American Indian

3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


Connecting Cultures:

40 Years at the Mitchell Museum



March 2016 to June 2017

Connecting Cultures:

40 Years at the Mitchell Museum

“Connecting Cultures: 40 Years at the Mitchell Museum,” showcases the breadth of the museum’s collection that covers over 1,100 unique cultures from throughout the United States and Canada. This broad scope provides unrivaled opportunities to demonstrate both the uniqueness of each culture and also the common threads of their stories.

For four decades the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian has created cultural connections for local and international audiences: sharing the joy collectors find in beautifully crafted artwork; introducing audiences to distinguished American Indian presenters; and dispelling misconceptions about Native American culture and history.
By donating their collection of 3,000 objects from tribes across North America, John and Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell founded the museum at Kendall College in 1977. Recognizing the stereotypes surrounding Native people and admiring their unique art forms fueled the mission to promote and share a deeper understanding and respect of Native American people through the collection, preservation and interpretation of their traditional and contemporary art and material culture.

In 1997 the museum moved to its present location and formally separated from Kendall in 2006. Today, the museum participates in the American Indian community to be able to share contemporary issues from Native country, giving voice to an often overlooked minority in programs and exhibits like “Cultural Identity: Mixed Blood” and “Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths.” The museum also continues to befriend new constituents to cultivate the collection and grow donors to ensure the financial stability to continue to bring authentic presentations to the public for generations to come.

Looking at a spectacular sampling from the museum’s collection, visitors can learn about the people who created the pieces, collectors who supported these artists, the donors who saw the value in sharing these pieces with the public, and finally the staff, volunteers and board who built the bridges for the Native and non-Native people to experience these diverse cultures.




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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