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National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004 (Financial District)
212-514-3700
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Ranked #187 of 855 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian serves as an exhibition and education facility in New York... more » Owner description: The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian serves as an exhibition and education facility in New York City. Exhibitions and public programs explore the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present. Public programs present Native people from North, Central, and South America. Program participants share first-person accounts of their heritage and experiences. The museum is located on the first two floors of the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan. The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is free. « less
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Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This small to mid-size museum had a good range of exhibits of American Indian peoples from across North America. The displays were informative and visitors get a good view of the diversity of pre-European contact cultures. The museum is free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Would have been nice to not have been followed around (guess cause I'm African American I wasn't supposed to be interested in American Indian history. IJS! But it put a damper on my visit. Best feature, it's free!

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Locust Grove, Georgia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a Smithsonian museum so it is free to the public. We went inside and found many exhibits about the American Indian. These are indians from North and South American and the Caribbean. There are many exhibits arranged by location in the Americas behind glass displays. I'm not sure we were really allowed to take pictures in there. We... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had struggled to find any museums covering the history of New York in the city, and many of the museums we did visit while in America failed to look at or discuss the pre-colonial population. For this reason we very much enjoyed this museum. It provided us with a good background to many of the tribes of America, and... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

I'm almost ashamed to admit that we stumbled into this museum desperate for a toilet after a local shop had insisted on a purchase to use theirs. Once we were in, having a little time to spare before we needed to join our tour bus, we enjoyed wandering around the exhibits so much that we missed out on a good... More

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Wigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A fantastic & wide-ranging display in a beautiful building &, unlike so much in NYC, its free. A must visit venue, close to so many other tourist attractions in the Battery Park neighbourhood, with something for everyone, regardless of age.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Went to this museum out of curiosity really, finding out that the Smithsonian had a museum there called me and was very delighted to find a very interesting museum on the Indians of the Americas. Highly recommended for HIstory buffs...

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A friendly museum housed in a stunning building worth a visit on its own. Excellent staff (though some of the grumpiest security guards in NYC) in an informative museum. Came away knowing far more about native people than I ever thought I would. Special exhibits (one photography, one painting/sculpture) were very well presented. We spent far longer here than we... More

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Situated just opposite Bowling Green metro station, this is old custom house now being used for museum. It's a beautiful building and the museum too contains a number of interesting exhibits. The dance attire of different regions at the first level is really interesting ! There is continuous display of dance forms as well in the hall where these attires... More

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Huntington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Housed in the US Custom's House in lower Manhattan across from Battery Park, this museum affords a respite from the crowded streets & long lines. Although small, the museum provides professional displays of well maintained "artifacts" from the Indian people throughout the Americas. What interested me the most, however, were the written excerpts from transcripts, letters, essays, etc. As someone... More

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