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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 212-514-3700
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Description: A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful...
A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.
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Architecture - not exhibits

The building is beautiful, and if you at Battery Park for the ferries go see it. Look at the statues which represent the continents. Examine the outside of the building. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The building is beautiful, and if you at Battery Park for the ferries go see it. Look at the statues which represent the continents. Examine the outside of the building. The inside is lovely. The American Indian exhibit is disappointing, and, frankly second-rate compared to the old (uptown) one. They really dropped the ball on this one, considering all that... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is hard to believe this is part of the Smithsonian. Great historic building not far from Battery Park and yes it is dramatic to climb the grand staircases but the exhibits were mediocre. A few years back the study of American Indians in popular music caught my attention but this year we passed through quickly.

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Houston, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We loved reading the history of the building and the architecture. This building also houses the museum of American Indian. For non US citizens this may be 'good' but I would not go out of my way to see. Nothing special to recommend it.

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Long Beach, NY
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I went into the US Custom House because the National Museum of the American Indian is located in the building. Even if you don’t plan to visit the museum, go inside to see the beautiful interior of this Beaux Arts Building. The rotunda and murals are very impressive. The US Custom House was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who later... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Tourists who visit the Wall Street area of New York should take the time to visit The US Custom House, a magnificent Beaux Arts building on Bowling Green. Touring the building is totally free. Periodically there are guided tours highlighting the historic architectural features of the building, especially the WPA murals in the rotunda. In addition the building houses the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

The most memorable sight at the Customs House is a semi-circular wall of curved glass floor-to-ceiling panels in a huge, first floor space. They're illuminated from behind with blue lights. Breathtaking! It reminded me of a Rotho painting. I Googled for some detail, but found nothing,. Any clues, folks?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

It's free to go in, for starters. The architecture is glorious....the WPA murals are fantastic....just a wonderful building. And the Smithsonian Museum of American Indians is well worth the visit.

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