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National Museum of the American Indian

Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004 (Financial District)
Phone Number: 212-514-3700
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Ranked #118 of 633 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...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Glencoe, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The National Museum of the American Indian is housed in the building that served the Port of New York as the central location for all trade in and out of the port. It was converted to a museum and the redevelopment of the building left all the important architectural details intact. The result is a terrific series of art, artifacts... More 

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

For starters, it's amazing this place has free admission--I wish more museums took that approach! This museum is in a beautiful historic building (Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House) and is a perfect setting for large displays. However, it was a little unusual to navigate--there need to be more signs at the entrance leading visitors in the right direction of the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visited the museum only because a museum we intended to visit was closed. We had found the American Indian museum in Washington DC so disappointing we had left the NY museum off our list of must-sees. We were very glad we went and suggest you do put it on your list of must-sees, especially if you are in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I attended this museum when visiting New York from Australia. I have always been fascinated with the American Indians, in which they featured in many movies and TV shows. The museum commenced with a photography exhibition which was great, and then you gradually work your way to the displays of pottery, clothing and some head wear, from which I learned... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Located adjacent to Battery Park, the Museum is in the former Customs Building, which is an architectural gem in itself. Artefacts dating back hundreds of years are included, and for me the highlight were the displays of native dance costumes. If there is one drawback to this museum it would be that the signage could be improved as to the... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a few hours in lower Manhattan, and found this museum. I have an interest in native American history, and have assembled a nice collection of crafts, over many years. We live in the mid-west, where there are many fine museums with collections of Native American arts, crafts, and artifacts. This museum's collection is smaller, but very inclusive of... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Located in the beautiful Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, this Smithsonian museum is an outstanding exhibit in stunning surroundings. Open all but Christmas Day and with no entrance fee, there is every reason and opportunity to explore this site when visiting NYC and Lower Manhattan in particular. The facility is large so crowds can be well managed and the exhibits... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Add this to your list of attractions to visit. Free entry and original Indian artifacts dating back to the 19th century. I was particularly entranced by the photograph exhibition currently on and the display of native dance costumes. I spent a good two hours here and could have spent longer. The gift shop is comprehensive and I could've spent a... More 

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Paris, France
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I visited the exposition "For a love of his people: The photography of Horace Poolaw". Very beautiful exposition showing the life, customs etc. of the Indian family root called Kiowa. This exposition showed something me to better imagine their life, stereotypes...

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Mansfield, tx
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum is at Battery Park in the old US customs building, which is quite beautiful. The displays were very nice, but I hope there would be more of them. An exhibit of photos taken by a Kiowa Indian from the1920's through the 1960's was wonderful.

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