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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 851 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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Madrid, Spain
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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

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Belfast
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23 helpful votes 23 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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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wanted to visit after seeing it on "night at the museum" and it was all we expected it to be. There is so much to see you really need a couple of days to see it all.

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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I thought this museum would present a historical timeline of Native people in North America, but this was not the case. I was hoping to learn a lot, but I didn't. It is a rather small collection of Native artifacts, types of items which I have seen in several other museums. This museum has great potential, but unfortunately there is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

great museum on such an important subject matter. good to see the US using a building that was a part of new US history, in the heart of the New York financial district, to showcase the centuries of human history in the Americas before the Europeans etc arrived. surprising range and scale of exhibits/exhibitions/activity, from across the continent not just... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

OK, so while suffering the heat and crowds waiting access to tickets for Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty cruise, we went for a walk to the Northeast corner of Battery Park while a friend stood in line for tickets. We noticed this magnificent building with high steps and statuary out front. We crossed the street to read the... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this museum a lot. The collection is not huge and i think it's more a merrit than a minus. this museum tells us the history that shouldnt be forgotten. The entrance is free.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I really enjoyed this museum. I did a project in school about the Hopi tribe and it was awesome to see some of the art and remember the facts from my childhood. I also enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the old US Customs agency building. Added bonus is the history about the building and the US Customs service in the... More

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Tasmania
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35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was a great surprise find. Like many others we had visited the Statue of Liberty and were looking at heading back to midtown. The museum looked interesting from the outside and it was interesting with lots of artefacts and information about American Indians including the whole of the Americas. There were good activities for kids that were suggested by... More

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Gateshead
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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