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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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Beautiful displays of Indian crafts & jewellery.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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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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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were in the area so we decided to check it out since we were ahead of schedule. The building was very nice. They had tight security system. The information was not in chronological order. We expected more than what we saw. However, it was free so we could not complain much.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a great FREE attraction. The exhibits aren't too big so you don't need an entire day to see everything. I did a nice walk through early in the morning when it opened at 10:00. Not too much traffic and lines. They have a great exhibit that shows samples of art from around the country and good historical explanations.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

an amazing collection of artifacts spanning hundreds of years in the most fantastic building. it wasn't just the museum that was packed with exhibits and well laid out and planned but the beautiful building it was housed in that made this visit so great, there was a film show of types of dances, an exhibition of costumes and there is... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This Museum was well worth the visit. The exhibition "Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian" was breathtaking. The beauty of craftsmanship was awe inspiring. The exhibit also covered central and South America which helped highlight the cultural diversity. The building itself is also stunningly beautiful. There is a tour... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Was visiting with 3 kids, the really liked the animals and the dinosaurs exhibit. Price for this was at your own discretion.

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