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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
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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A Really Interesting Museum

The building alone is worth the time to justify a visit and the exhibits are fascinating, providing a good insight into the depth and variety of the cultures of the original... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The building alone is worth the time to justify a visit and the exhibits are fascinating, providing a good insight into the depth and variety of the cultures of the original inhabitants of the country. The special exhibitions on Central American cultures and on some Navajo jewellers were particularly absorbing. The reception area seemed to be very short of staff... More 

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This museum is located in the old, beautiful Customs House by Battery Park. The exhibits are well organized and explained, and it is easy to spend over an hour admiring artifacts from North, Central and South America. In the center is an imposing domed ceiling of stained glass. The walls are decorated with historical murals. Best of all, admission is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This museum is in a strategic position. It is in the square facing the arrival of ferries getting to the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis Island. So many tourists who would never come here just to visit this museum decide to enter it at the end of those more traditional visits. Anyway there are fewer tourists than those the... More 

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Rochester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Excellent museum on the smaller side, very well suited for a half day session. The collections are well curated and although there are only 3 focused on the Native Americans, they are comprehensive. We really enjoyed the time we spent here and will be returning. A 4th exhibit covers the building itself and that is well worth exploring. The US... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A very historic building. Neither tourists nor native NYers have discovered it so it is not crowded Free admission. Check jewelry display.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great day at this free museum! Cool exhibits. You'll learn a lot about the various Indian tribes of North America (and South America too). It's in a beautifully restored 1907 building designed by Cass Gilbert. There's a cool Circle of Dance auditorium in the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures on the lower level. Don't miss it. There's also... More 

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San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

To be enjoyed even from the building! Lots of info. Well cared dispalys. Not crowded, so you can visit it at your own pace. I am not an specialist in the field, but to my like and understanding, totally worth a visit, even more taking into account that it has Free admission .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I really wanted to go here after having a lifetime interest in Native Americans. Beautiful displays and so much history. No huge crowds so you can enjoy at your own pace.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The collection of this museum is housed in a former Custom building - which is an elegant and imposing building of bygone days - with marble floors, columns and wall. We joined a guided tour which proved to be informative and made the exhibits more meaningful and interesting. The collection is quite comprehensive and covered areas from Central America to... More 

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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My first time in New York and we went on the Big Bus tour where the excellent tour guide showed me the museum and gave us the back ground to the History of Manhattan (Land of hills) which left me wanting to know more. The artifacts and the clothes highlighting the culture of tribes in North America and south america... More 

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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