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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 #155 of 1,620 things to do 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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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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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

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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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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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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