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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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Great Museum in the Well-Restored Custom House

The Customs Service is the nation's oldest federal agency. Definitely worth a visit to this amazing building built in 1907 and remodeled and restored for it's 100th year... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Customs Service is the nation's oldest federal agency. Definitely worth a visit to this amazing building built in 1907 and remodeled and restored for it's 100th year anniversary. It was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and is a beautiful building. Amazing Reginald Marsh murals on the ceiling from the 1930's. Great sculptures... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Free entry is a draw. Excellent collection of Red Indian arts and crafts of different tribes and era. A giftshop carries exquisite ethnic jewelery that can be purchased. Part of the museusm is also available for booking for events.

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New York City, New York
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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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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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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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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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