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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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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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We thought the museum provided us with a very interesting visit, giving a full and comprehensive description of the tribes of Native American Indians. At times we thought it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Market Rasen, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a free museum and well worth a visit once you have completed your boat tour to Statue of Liberty. Full of costume jewellery and artefacts detailing the life journey of American Indians.Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After having a bad experience with the American Museum of Natural History (busy, not very clean toilets, blunt rather rude security staff, kids running riot, and astounding prices for each individual exhibit) we were rather disheartened on the museum side of attractions. This was until our last day in our stay when we decided to get the subway down to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We just happened upon this museum. It was a very COLD winter day and we thought we could warm up inside. Little did we know how much we would enjoy it! Beautiful building, nice displays, helpful employees.. (and did I mention - warm!) Sometimes the things you don't plan are the best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I loved this free museum housed in a beautiful old building. The special Yahzee exhibition was intriguing. I was tired from a lot of walking or would have enjoyed it more. Go rested.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We thought the museum provided us with a very interesting visit, giving a full and comprehensive description of the tribes of Native American Indians. At times we thought it was biased against Europeans, rather than Americans, when it came to the decimation of these races. The museum contains some very interesting artefacts that are well laid out and well described... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was our 3rd visit to this museum. They have a new exhibition of hand made jewellery there are some beautiful pieces. We also like all the different costumes and pottery it is a very interesting place and one of the only free museums. Well worth a couple of hours if you are near the 9/11 memorials and Staten Island... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really great stuff to see and read about. Love how much they utilized in everyday living. Can't imagine how some present people would survive with so little options they had back then compared to today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Fantastic architecture, amazing ceiling that was apparently painted in 3 months in the '30s & cost $3,000!! Fabulous displays - very informative. Very helpful volunteer staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This was my second trip with my daughters (8 and 10). We have family in NY and this is always one of the highlights of our trip. My oldest daughter started talking about going to this museum before we left home. This showed how much she enjoys this museum. The new exhibit, Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My daughter and I came upon this museum by chance after having visited Wall Street and Battery Park on a walking tour of lower Manhattan. It is in the U.S. Customs House, is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and there is no admission fee. It is a veritable treasure trove of objects representing tribes throughout North, Central and South America.... More 

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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212-514-3700
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Financial District
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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