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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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Recently was in New York City and visited the National Museum of the American Indian. A nice museum with lots of great exhibitions, it gives you a good education & insight into... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Located close to Battery Park it is a remarkable and comprehensively detailed museum of the American Indian history. It was a pity that it had a handful of visitors only (while just of the outside there were thousands!). There are many sections including: 1. Details of many varieties of Indians (Apache, Cherokee, etc..... atleast 20 more!) 2. Costumes 3. Dances... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Recently was in New York City and visited the National Museum of the American Indian. A nice museum with lots of great exhibitions, it gives you a good education & insight into the American Indians history. Recommended!

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Flintshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We saw the temporary exhibition of the Yazzie family. That was breathtaking! The permanent exhibition is very good as well. It shows different indigenous cultures of the Americas with a very nice arrangements of information. But just visiting the building makes the visit worth.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My main reason for visiting was to see the special exhibition on til Jan 10, 2016 called Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzi family and it did not disappoint. The jewelry was beautifully displayed in perspex cabinets so it was easy to get up close to view the incredible artistic ability of the Yazzi family. The accompanying documentation was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The exterior of the museum is monumental, admission is free, and on a Sunday in late April it was uncrowded. The exhibits were very good and although there were fewer examples of northeastern native American artifacts, the Plains garments were striking.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This (zero entrance fee) museum provides a geographic/cultural overview with exceptional, high quality objects, beautiful and informative display. Suitable for toddlers to elders. Great location near Battery Park. Added bonus: Superb, changing Exhibits feature the best of contemporary American Indian jewelry - so visitors can then order from artists' websites.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Visited the American Indian Museum with my family. It was great to see the exhibits that gave a great insight into the life and culture of the Native Americans of the centuries past. Really amazing range of collections! A must-see when in NYC even if you are not a lover of art or history! Also entry into the museum is... More 

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Staines, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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Address: 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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