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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

The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the...

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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My first impression wasn't great - until I realized that it is two museums in one. If you are in Lower Manhattan with kids take a quick look at the two rooms on my he main floor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Brunswick, New York
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Brunswick, New York
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My first impression wasn't great - until I realized that it is two museums in one. If you are in Lower Manhattan with kids take a quick look at the two rooms on my he main floor - a couple of hands on things and no gift shop!! Parent heaven. If you want the museum experience, go upstairs. Three galleries... More 

Thank MTMknits
United States
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49 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Museum of the American Indian is one of the most under-rated museums in the city. Exhibits are informative; the building is beautiful; and it's always free admission. Located downtown, across from Battery Park, it's a great place to go before or after visiting the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street or the World Trade Center.

Thank QuinnTheInuit
Grimstad, Norway
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended for those who want to know more Indian history. It is not covered Indian is US only but also in the south America. There are part contains the dance costumes from different tribes. I love this part!!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think if the museum would work fully, it would be more interesting, now there are just several exhibitions of some vases and pieces of indian clothes

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Essex, Connecticut
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is housed in the original Customs House, and is a wonderful place to visit. They offer free tours of the building, explaining the paintings in the Rotunda and opening the Collectors Office to show the wonderful architectural details, such as the wood paneled walls the fabulous fireplace not to mention the wonderful ceiling! If you are in the... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum isn't quite what you might think: There is no real "storyline" that allows someone unfamiliar with the history of indigenous Americans to become better acquainted. Rather, it's a series of galleries focussing on arts/crafts from various regions, and with currently a very heavy presence of Jewellery from one specific family. If that's what you're going for or you... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 447 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is going to sound like many of your experiences when in New York; we set out for one place and on the way find many smaller gems that are worth visiting. We didn’t want to do many museums since DC was our next destination and the free Smithsonian museums are a world class act. However, we had about an... More 

Thank Daniel A
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had walked past the museum on our way to our helicopter flight of NY, which was delayed due to the weather, so we decided we would give this museum a go! I must say that for a free attraction it was great. It wasn't busy, and the building in itself is worth a visit, beautiful ceilings and gorgeous details.... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I wish we had more time to spend in this museum than just an hour, but NYC is a busy place! The building is old and gorgeous, with interesting ceilings and a big oval atrium. Be prepared for an airport-like search upon entry, but the staff are very pleasant.The displays on the history of the Native Americans is very well-presented... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We have walked by this museum many times, but had never visited it. The museum and the building are certainly worth a visit and the price is right - its free and its open every day except Dec. 25. Some of the exhibits could be better, but nonetheless, we found them interesting and will return the next time we are... More 

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