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National Museum of the American Indian

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1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
Financial District
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Reviewed yesterday

Free because it is part of the Smithsonian collection of museums (most in Washington DC). This is one of the best Native American Museums in the U.S., better in some ways then the one in Washington DC. Really good look at colonial America's Native American...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Many interesting artefacts, but even my teenage children didn’t “get” the futuristic tipi display or the robotic dancing film show. They wanted to be educated more on how they lived and their culture, for example the importance of the Buffalo, the meaning and significance of...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

to have a grasp of the role of aboriginal and first nations contributions to our lands prior to the arrival of colonial powers is a MUST for anyone who lives in the new world. period. this museum does a great job of helping one understand...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

This museum is probably not on the top of to-do list in NYC. Nevertheless, if you can spare an hour or so while visiting downtown Manhattan, don't miss this place! The building itself is gorgeous - it's an old custom house that has a lot...More

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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

This very wonderful Museum is packed with enough images artifacts and art to submerge you into the amazing history supporting the Native American Indian. Unmissable and fascinating, memorable and captivating with on hand expert help at every turn. Free admission and funky shop for some...More

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

This is a vastly understated New York Museum!! t=The installation takes you through the history and events that affected of all Indians north and to the south adjoining mexico and there abouts. the displays are fabulous and its free.. more importantly no queue.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

Walking through this historical building, one understands that Americans throughout centuries all loved beautiful images, worked hard to take care of their families and prided themselves on detail and fine workmanship. National treasure and free!

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

This was very interesting and there is a lot of information to take in. It's free to enter and there are lifts that take you up to the exhibition. There is also a shop, but make sure you read the tags if you buy anything...More

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Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

This museum is not worth a detour, however if you're downtown take 30-60 minutes to visit. It's free and a nice building with a beautiful dome. The exhibition is suprisingly good, we didn't spend a lotvof time, but really liked it, it goes from contemporary...More

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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Located adjacent to the Statue of Liberty ferries, this museum covers the history of The indigenous people of South and North America. Recommend dropping in, its both free and spacious. You can visit the collection in less than an hour, a good way to fill...More

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