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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 1 Bowling Grn, New York City, NY 10004-1415
Phone Number:
+1 212-514-3700
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the...

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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American Indian museum

This lovely historical museum is located at the bowling green. You can take the 4,5 trains from midtown to get there. It's close to the Statue of Liberty.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a weekday with husband and my cousin. We spent several hours here and really thought it was great. It's not exciting or "cool" but we had a really nice time. First off FREE admission to anything in New York is a blessing we wanted to take advantage of. The architecture of this building is breathtaking. Marble floors, pillars,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely historical museum is located at the bowling green. You can take the 4,5 trains from midtown to get there. It's close to the Statue of Liberty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place to see the culture of the Native American's. We loved the architecture of the building as well as the museum. It is located near Staton Island Ferry, so we combined them both. It is worth taking the subway to here as very cheap compared to taxi.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

The old Customs house is stunning and, in addition to the impressive architecture, houses artifacts from indigenous peoples. I would advise timing your visit with a docent tour which is also free. In addition, is it is not overwhelmingly big so you don't feel like you are missing things.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This museum on Commercial District shuold be on tourist maps! These people lived here before immigrants, that is white folk, came!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Discovered this museum quite by chance and thoroughly enjoyed it. The building is beautiful and the collection has some really stellar and unique pieces. We have traveled thru the SouthWest and Central America so it was very nice to see such a quality collection right in NYC. Very glad we made the stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

This place takes you to the world of Indians and surprises you in a every way. They actually were very advanced and seamlessly integrated with nature. Beautiful museum, a must see! Surprisingly free entrance 😉

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

This museum has been installed in a nice building, formerly the US customs in New York. It has exhibitions about arts and artifacts of Indian civiilization from Alaska to South America, It also has on the lower floor an exhibition that changes regularly. Since entrance is free, it's really worth value :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Superb. Costumes, ceramics, buffalo skins, baskets, etc. Tons of information regarding North Americans and beyond. A+ No charge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Very Interesting and informative about the REAL American's and how all the invading immigrants since arriving have disposed and confiscated their lands all in the name of progress. The GUN Rules as long as you are the ONE with the gun. Thanksgiving celebrates INDIAN generousity to the Immigrant population and Look how they were rewarded!! Slaughtered and disposed. Ethnic Cleansing.... More 

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At the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is where New York City began as a center of commerce. Today, the historic streets and beautiful setting are complemented by museums, countless skyscrapers, and the heart of the Financial District, home to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Catch the Staten Island Ferry for an unbeatable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty, or sail to Ellis Island to learn about the vital immigrant history of the city.
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