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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
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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I went during a presentation when I had family in town. The teens loved learning about Native American/Hawaiian skills in navigation. It was a wonderful family event...free to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went during a presentation when I had family in town. The teens loved learning about Native American/Hawaiian skills in navigation. It was a wonderful family event...free to any who are interested.

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Carefree, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum featuring art and history of the American Indian. Admission is free and the museum is open 24/7 except holidays. Nice collection and informative exhibits. There are historical as well as some contemporary exhibits to enjoy. There is a small gift shop to purchase trinkets. The museum is located a few block from the Staten Island Ferry.

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had some time to kill and admission is free (which is a huge plus in NYC!) so we wandered in here and were very glad we did. May not be a good choice if you have younger elementary age children like we do as they could not appreciate the exhibits, but otherwise I would recommend. The artifacts are very... More 

1 Thank KristinL70
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A federal museum covering the Native Americans/Indians not just of the US but touching on central and South America and Canada. Lovely displays and lots to see. Does not whitewash the ugly history of Indians in the US but is not quite as strong as perhaps it should be. A sobering visit but worthwhile absolutely. Near Battery Park, Wall Street,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In my opinion, the Museum is inappropriately named. It should have been called Native American as opposed to American Indian. Nevertheless, it is a spectacular museum with amazing collection and information. Best of all, this museum is free! The display covers North, South, and Central America. As you enter, you see a timeline map of how the natives were displaced... More 

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Scarborough, Tobago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

American Indian!!! Yes there is information on Central and South American Indians as well. The building and its purpose and history is pretty cool as well.

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

National Museum of the American Indian is amazing place,the Building has a long history and the building style is very great and special,I can feel like in the 1900s .

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum was a good beginners guide for me with interesting exhibits and some amazing modern americN Indian art and sculpture that I really enjoyed. The museum was free and an easy stop after the Statten Island ferry and near the Wall Street bull and bowling green park.

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Catskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Spectacular collection, presented and explained well. I particularly enjoyed the extensive section on ceramics, which is organized by region, and displayed to allow the viewer to see and contemplate connections and differences. Other sections have more traditional collections by region, again thoughtfully selected and presented. By contrast - the DC museum relegates each tribe or region to a single small... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

The museum is in the beautiful and historic Alexander Hamilton Customs building. Its free to enter and is definitely worth a visit. In the atrium is a history of the building and its importance to the wealth of New York. There are exhibition rooms off the atrium with fantastic displays of all the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Fascinating insights... More 

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