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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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Nice Freebie, Interesting Visit!

This place is free which is great if you're trying to stick to a budget (especially as the costs can mount up in New York) and isn't too far from the Staten Island ferries which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is free which is great if you're trying to stick to a budget (especially as the costs can mount up in New York) and isn't too far from the Staten Island ferries which makes for easier planning. The Art Gallery section of the Museum was closed off when we visited but hopefully that won't be too long for... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

First off, I love that this museum is free. Upon first glance it seems a bit dull since the main exhibit is a long room full of ancient artifacts, but if you do one of the tours it really brings the whole collection to life. I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I didn't do the tour--the guide... More 

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Great Meadows, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

TripAdvisor has two entries for this location, one for the Museum and one for the Building (Customs House). The Museum is part of the Smithsonian and has an excellent website: http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/architecture-history/ If you are in the area of Battery Park, it's very easy to pop in. A short tour of the building is available. All free.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

If you are expecting to learn about the history, culture and life of the American Indian you will be disappointed. On a visit in February the three main exhibits were an excellent collection of 20th Century photography by Horace Poolaw, an American Indian photographer; a display of modern Navajo jewellery that would have been more appropriate in a Fifth Avenue... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is a very nice collection of artifacts from the American Indians. It is nice to see that some people are giving the American Indian Culture the proper respect they deserve.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminus- there were 3 displays. Jewelry, photography and general. All were good but was expecting a little more. Luckily it was free as it is part of the Smithsonian collection.

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Decorah, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We were very impressed with this museum. It is FREE! Easy to get to, lots of places to sit down and rest when you have walked enough. Loved the jewelry exhibit.

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Coogee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This was an eye opening trip as it gives you a very different viewpoint on the history of the American Indians and how they have managed to navigate (or be steered) over the last 2 thousand years. The collection was awesome and the history and lessons are great

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The staff are friendly, their is a cloakroom to leave your stuff, some of the staff are native american, there was a school party of 6/7 year olds with a really good Indian guide. Wide range of exhibits and info, the phot exhibition eas really good giving insight into their eay of life, info is also in Spanish. In battery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were very impressed with the museum. We enjoyed the photography exhibit very much. The museum is not a comprehensive study of the American Indian but it is a nice collection of some aspects of Indian life. They have a very nice exhibit on native, modern jewelry. There is also an exhibit which displays articles from different “Indians” from Alaska... More 

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