The NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN MUSEUM builds bridges across generations and connects cultures through the diverse, colorful stories of all Indian Americans.

Dear NIAM Friends,
As we close out 2019, we wanted to thank you again for your support during this transformative year for the National Indo- American Museum. Between creating partnerships with Chicago area schools through the Gandhi Peace Project; inducting Indra Nooyi into NIAM’s Hall of Fame during our annual gala that featured a record breaking turnout; winning a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation to jump start our Oral History Project; and making so many connections with new friend through activities like our food walks, 2019 has been a banner year for NIAM. Of course none of this would be possible without you, and we thank you for your support!

We wish you and your family all the best for a happy and healthy 2020!
With Warm Regards,
The National Indo-American Museum

Why give to NIAM?

About Us

Successful and highly regarded programs and exhibits as well as collaborations with leading Chicago institutions have established the museum’s reputation since its incorporation as a 501(c)3 organization in 2008. In recognition of its role as the first and only institution of its kind in the country dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing the full spectrum of the Indian American experience in all its linguistic, religious, socio-economic and regional diversity, the museum changed its name from the Indo-American Heritage Museum to the National Indo-American Museum.
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Our Values


Input from across generations, within and beyond the community, keeps us responsive to ideas and issues and true to our grass roots origins. We engage with the elders and with younger generations to document the past and build leadership for the future.


As keeper and teller of stories of an incredibly diverse Indian American community, secularity and inclusiveness are in our very DNA and essential to our existence.


Collaboration, partnership and sharing are key elements that define us as an umbrella organization.


By relating aspects of Indian American history and heritage to contemporary issues and contemporary forms of expression, we aim to keep the stories from the community alive and especially meaningful to our younger audiences.