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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 #114 of 629 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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 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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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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309 reviews 309 reviews
156 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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28 attraction reviews
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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Hastings, United Kingdom
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145 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This us a Great Cultural Museum that us Free to go in and has so much for one to see. The a Staff are friendly - even when security scanning you at the entrance The photographs of American Indians from the 1950's are wonderful The building itself is an architectural Jem Needs a Cafe which is apparently to follow Well... More

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Austin, Texas, USA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
55 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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