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National Museum of the American Indian

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Address: 1 Bowling Green, New York City, NY 10004
Phone Number: +1 212-514-3700
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

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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Nice museum about indian cultures in North and South America. Free entrance.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great look at the history of the American Indians!! Wonderful exhibits and great reuse of an architectural gem of a building.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Installed at an old Classic Stone Building , quite adjacent to Battery Park, Smithsonian should have a renovation approach to the sort and type of lighting provided to the artifacts exhibited . Nevertheless I went through the entire exhibitions portraying most of the indian cultures from the North of Alaska to the Tierra del Fuego. For the whole understanding on... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is always free to visit this museum so there's no excuse not to. There should be more like this in the US celebrating the long and colorful, but oftentimes ignored, history of the first settlers of the land, told mostly from their own point of view, and not that of the occupying Europeans. It is also timely, given the... More 

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I love history and learning about the old west and the Indian Tribes but I found this to be the dullest place I have ever visited! I had spent days looking forward to my visit and travelled from mid-town all the way downtown just to be let down! I left after not long, so glad it was free or I... More 

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Carman, Manitoba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

It's free. Artifacts are displayed beautifully and cover all the First Nation groups of North America. Spent an hour while waiting for a Brooklyn bus tour, but would definitely make a point to go back and spend more time on my next visit.

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Glarus, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The visit reminds you of who was here before and gives you an artistic insight into the soul of these people. Definitely worth a visit, and it's even free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This museum is very good for a short stop visiting the lower Manhatten. Admission free. Open dayli. Entrance near Wall street and battery park. Very beautiful building and ok informative exhibitions

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