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United States Custom House

1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY (Financial District)
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Ranked #441 of 856 Attractions in New York City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.
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Houston, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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Upstate New York
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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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