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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 #178 of 859 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A friendly museum housed in a stunning building worth a visit on its own. Excellent staff (though some of the grumpiest security guards in NYC) in an informative museum. Came away knowing far more about native people than I ever thought I would. Special exhibits (one photography, one painting/sculpture) were very well presented. We spent far longer here than we... More

Lucknow, India
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108 reviews 108 reviews
68 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Situated just opposite Bowling Green metro station, this is old custom house now being used for museum. It's a beautiful building and the museum too contains a number of interesting exhibits. The dance attire of different regions at the first level is really interesting ! There is continuous display of dance forms as well in the hall where these attires... More

Huntington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Housed in the US Custom's House in lower Manhattan across from Battery Park, this museum affords a respite from the crowded streets & long lines. Although small, the museum provides professional displays of well maintained "artifacts" from the Indian people throughout the Americas. What interested me the most, however, were the written excerpts from transcripts, letters, essays, etc. As someone... More

Angers, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This beautiful building situated right next to Wall Street is open daily and completely free of charge. The museum offers a large collection of beautiful artifacts, geographically divided. Each part also has a highlighted piece, completed with audio and visual information. Very interesting collection and definitely one to watch if you are visiting NY.

Belton, Texas, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you're going to the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, you'll pass right by this museum located in the old US Customs House next to Battery Park. After our family's experience at the Museum of Natural History where we saw Native American artifacts displayed as if they were something from another species (and a "war bonnet" for sale in... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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115 reviews 115 reviews
37 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You do not find many free things in NYC. This museum, sponsored by the Smithsonian, is one of them! It is somewhat small but a nice source of info on Native Americans. The architecture of the building is also impressive. Overall, a nice diversion in the Battery area.

Santiago, Chile
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The museum collection is not as impressive as its counterpart in DC but if you're in the area it's well worth the visit: The building is beautiful and it's free!

South Salem, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Overall a nice little museum in lower Manhattan. A great place to retreat from the heat, cold, rain, etc.and there is no entrance fee. While I found the exhibits and the building to be interesting, I'm not sure this is worth making a trip just to see this one museum in downtown. As others have mentioned this is near many... More

Madrid, Spain
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Free, so worth the 5 points just for that. Place near the entrance with some kids activities. Quite small, but good exhibits.

Belfast
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This museum isn't huge but the exhibits are well presented and very interesting. They cover the entire Americas and there are a lot of examples of clothing and tools and utensils from South America to Alaska. When we were there (July 2014) there was an interesting, if brief, set of story-boards about the Dakota war of 1862. Given that there... More

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