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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212-514-3700
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of...
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.
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Native culture in New York

This is a great FREE attraction. The exhibits aren't too big so you don't need an entire day to see everything. I did a nice walk through early in the morning when it opened at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Fabulous building close to Battery Park . Exhibition was good and not too big . Building itself was fabulous and steeped in history . Don't miss this hidden gem

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We were in the area so we decided to check it out since we were ahead of schedule. The building was very nice. They had tight security system. The information was not in chronological order. We expected more than what we saw. However, it was free so we could not complain much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a great FREE attraction. The exhibits aren't too big so you don't need an entire day to see everything. I did a nice walk through early in the morning when it opened at 10:00. Not too much traffic and lines. They have a great exhibit that shows samples of art from around the country and good historical explanations.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

an amazing collection of artifacts spanning hundreds of years in the most fantastic building. it wasn't just the museum that was packed with exhibits and well laid out and planned but the beautiful building it was housed in that made this visit so great, there was a film show of types of dances, an exhibition of costumes and there is... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This Museum was well worth the visit. The exhibition "Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian" was breathtaking. The beauty of craftsmanship was awe inspiring. The exhibit also covered central and South America which helped highlight the cultural diversity. The building itself is also stunningly beautiful. There is a tour... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Was visiting with 3 kids, the really liked the animals and the dinosaurs exhibit. Price for this was at your own discretion.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The museum had many artifacts to look at. The admission was free which is always nice. Was expecting a little more history though.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Very rude security guys, and at the time of our visit there were only two exhibitions open which were relatively small. We were in and out within 20 minutes.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is free which is great if you're trying to stick to a budget (especially as the costs can mount up in New York) and isn't too far from the Staten Island ferries which makes for easier planning. The Art Gallery section of the Museum was closed off when we visited but hopefully that won't be too long for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

First off, I love that this museum is free. Upon first glance it seems a bit dull since the main exhibit is a long room full of ancient artifacts, but if you do one of the tours it really brings the whole collection to life. I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I didn't do the tour--the guide... More 

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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