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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: 212-514-3700
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Good overview of all American native peoples, not just US

This museum covers all native American Indians. From the southern American continent to Canada, it reveals a wide range of cultures and artifacts and how the Spanish, French and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the museum and it was a great way to spend half a day. Some really innovative exhibitions. However the worker who hit on me and at least 1 other woman made for uncomfortable visiting. Always nice to be told you're pretty but to be asked out more than once in a silent public place is uncomfortable

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum covers all native American Indians. From the southern American continent to Canada, it reveals a wide range of cultures and artifacts and how the Spanish, French and British affected them. Some culture remains and the museum shows how important it is that what is left is preserved, not in aspic, but as a living, breathing development of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is part of the smithsonian and showcases collection of American Indian items such as clothing, pottery and paintings. Less about the history or social makeup of the tribes than I expected. Free admission and a good stop on the way to battery park from Wall Street. The building itself is quite impressive and of historical significance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the National Museum of the American Indian (part of the Smithsonian) in downtown NYC on 1 Bowling Green a couple of days ago. It was fabulous. It is housed in an old US Customs House that is spectacular. I never knew this existed until a friend told me about it. Entry is free. The artifacts are from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice building. The museum is not very big but is very interesting. Is close to the Battery Park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building which is worth a visit in itself. Free to enter Good collection of Native American artefacts. Probably not as interesting for younger children as it is for adults who enjoy architecture & history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is not that large but it offers a lot of insight into the various tribal cultures. They added a lot to make it modern & to honor people working keep the culture both preserved & vibrant. For me even more then the museum itself was the profound & stunning architectural beauty of the building itself. The fact that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I mean this place won't blow you away but it was good to spend 90 mins there. Artefacts, pictures and stories well set out but just lacked a little wow factor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, it is free and has nice bath rooms. Beautiful, historic building. Go to learn the history of it. The American Indian portion of it is a hodgepodge of collections donated by various collectors. It is a very incomplete story of the Native Americans and the collections are presented as that, rather than in a chronological or geographic way. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful museum by the financial district that's free and offers a great stop for those seeking peace and quiet. Be aware that there is security check. Can't believe it's free :D

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