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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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Ranked #174 of 862 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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Austin, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

The Historic Customs Building has 3 small exhibit halls, of which we only saw the two open ones, of the once mighty American Indians. It seems that for such an amazing heritage, it is very underfunded. Hopefully the funding will grow to procure more artifacts and exhibit space for such an important part of the heritage of America, the American... More

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This has to be seen by every American as part of their cultural history - fantastic photos and relics of days gone by and all the time I was in there I kept wondering - where are these people now? A tribute to that culture and one I've learnt a lot more about. Fascinating history and all situated in a... More

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Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

a beautiful piece of archeticture. The building was originally the Customs Building and is marble and slate through out. The museum is full of wonderful artifacts and it is a free attraction in a city where almost everything costs a lot of money..

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This excellent little museum (big building, small museum) never disappoints. The price is right (it's a national museum and free). The Customs House, by itself, is worth a visit and it's a good place to cool off in the summer. The special exhibitions are always interesting and the permanent collection is an education in Indian culture.

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rawalpindi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Though located at the southern tip of the Manhattan, it is worthwhile hopping off here from a bus tour and enjoying about 4 hours of the artifacts displayed here. In fact, I went a second time with family.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A wonderful museum and for free! This museum should be up there in your list as it documents native americans in the heartland of the new world. Old Custom House is beautiful and very decorative by itself. The exhibition of native american cultures both north and south is outstanding and i found it very moving. It doesn't take long to... More

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very tastefully put together. I learned a lot about the native Americans. I particularly liked the photographs. It is not a very big exhibit, but I spent over 3hours in there. I thought it was great.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It is nice to know the history of red Indians.. elaborately we can know the facts.. their life style , things they were used .. placed lot of photographs .. used items of that people .. documentaries.. interesting to visit..

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Indian Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Housed in the old Custom House this museum is interesting for the breadth it covers, from Alaska to South America. It is not a huge museum and very easy to cover in less than 2 hours. Be sure to check out the photo exhibit Definitely worth a visit. There is another installation being prepped for the fall. Take a look... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

There are so many things to visit in New York that time was limited. On our way back from visiting the Statue of Liberty, we rushed to see this museum on Bowling Green, not far from the famous bronze bull for the Stock Exchange. The building is also used for other purposes and therefore exhibits are only on two floors.... More

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