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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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As featured in New York City on a budget
Ranked #182 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Gateshead
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Found this by accident en route to Battery Park. Free entry and well worth a visit. Some fantastic artefacts and items of clothing. Didn't take long to get round the exhibits, so you could easily squeeze this in between other attractions.

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London
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Another beautiful building and museum which stands out for actually being free! Great stuff and beautiful displays as expected.

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USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This museum worth visiting! It's close to ferry for the Statue of Liberty and it's free. The museum has a diverse collection from native peoples of the Americas - both historical and modern. We were very impressed with the collection and the building itself.

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New York City, New York
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16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you are in the Financial District and/or Battery Park then you really should visit this gem of a Museum. Whilst the name 'Museum of the American Indian' is technical correct it would be clearer if the name were 'Museum of the Indians of the Americas'. The collection the museum is based around covers Nth, Sth and Central America. It... More

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oxford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

lovely place to visit, spend a good few hours looking round and taking everything in, shame they didnt have any mummys tho

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were un a double tree near by.. We entered at this place during a cold day! What a nice surprise.. The building is nice.. The atrium is great.. The top ceiling is amazing.. This place itself value the visit.. If you are in a hurry just skip the indian displays and stay few minutes at the atrium.. We love... More

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Sparta, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Native American culture is well displayed and sweeping in its collection of artifacts. The Custom House architecture is stunning. The Rotunda Room alone is worth a visit.

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NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a sacred place where you will find beautiful art that speaks to you personally. So many different aspects of this museum are incredible. The architecture is amazing, and has a history of being the treasury in ny at one tiime. The art is personal, incredible, and you will connect with the artists creations. They have a gorgeous theatre... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A kool museum without an entrance fee. Full days viewing of american indian artifacs and history of.

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freeport NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This museum seems misplaced to me in a huge, oversized stone building. Much is lost in the cavernous size. I did enjoy the music section though.

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