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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 #102 of 614 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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Decorah, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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Bellaire, Texas
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Near battery park so ideal trip after statute of Liberty and Ellis Island. Free admission. It is housed in a in a historical building. An extension of the Smithsonian in Washington.it encompasses traditional and cultural issues like making moccasins and tipis with intimate photographs of mainly Kiowa and Navajo families and how they contributed to American culture. Educational and interactive... More 

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NW Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Be ready to stand in line a while going through metal detectors...like most NYC museums the emptying of all pocket contents is a long process

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were thrilled when we walked into the museum and learned it was free. We were just walking by and decided to take a look. The museum is housed in the the Old Customs House -- which is a beautiful old building. Be prepared to go through security since there are some government offices on upper floors of the building.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

Housed in a magnificent building - The Custom House - the part of the building which is open to the public is as interesting as the museum. Stately, opulent and relatively ornate, the domed ceiling and frescoes are architecturally magnificent. The museum paints a detailed picture of the American Indian tracing the history in detail. Artefacts made by the American... More 

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Glencoe, Illinois
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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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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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