Site Plan: Building, Gardens, and Plazas
Recognizing native peoples' connection to the land, museum planners surrounded the building (shown here in white) with four distinct landscapes: forest, wetlands, meadow, and croplands.
The forest (top) forms the northern border of the site and is adjacent to the wetlands area (upper right). Traditional food crops and medicinal plants (middle, shown shades of brown, orange, and green) will be harvested just south of the museum rotunda. The meadow (lower right) is shown here as a thin swath of dark green along the building's southwest edge.
Other outdoor areas include a thin, curving, boulder-filled pool (in blue at top), which at its eastern end wraps around the circular ourdoor theater (in rust color). The large, circular Welcome Plaza is shown in beige.
Illustration courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution