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United States Custom House

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Address: 1 Bowling Grn, New York City, NY 10004-1415
Phone Number: 212-514-3700

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful...

A picturesque Beaux Arts building where visitors can gaze upon beautiful Reginald Marsh murals in an oval rotunda.

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Fabulous architecture; really helpful tour guide

This beautiful building designed by Case Gilbert (who also designed the Woolworth Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and a number of state capital buildings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Philadelphia PA
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Philadelphia PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This beautiful building designed by Case Gilbert (who also designed the Woolworth Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and a number of state capital buildings), with majestic (if somewhat Western-centric apropos the period) statues in front by Daniel Chester French (Lincoln Memorial) is a wonder. The rotunda with its oval oculus is magnificent - it changes perspective as you... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through this building while visiting the Native American Museum last weekend. It is an incredible place, built in an era of grand buildings with carvings and marble hallways and pillars that reach to vaulted ceilings. This place is worth a visit even if just to view the architecture.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I don't understand the poor reviews of the collection. The permanent collection display in the large room across the back was redone a few years ago - were they from before that? The previous display also had good stuff but it was oddly mounted. Not now. This collection display is not huge, but covers all of the Americas with really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

I believe everyone who visits New York should go see the beautiful historical objects housed in this place. The Custom House contains a rich history of the first settlers in America, displaying their traditional outfits, weapons and various things about their lifestyle. The architectural design of the building is also quite beautiful.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Broadway plays, so you do not realize that there are so many historic buildings here. Since NYC was the countries first capital, you will find many historic buildings like Federal Hall and not as old, but the US Custom House. Both on the NYC and Federal governments list... More 

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Ossining, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Now houses a branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the Native American, with collections dating back 12,000 years - SO appropriate when one considers "customs". In addition to that, the building itself, Alexander Hamilton's US Customs House, is an incredible Beaux Arts Build, located at 1 Bowling Green -inside and out - has layers upon layers of fine examples... More 

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Oceanside, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit .We had an excellent tour from a guide named Spirit .She made the tour very enjoyable.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

Presently there is a fabulous collection of both historic and current Plains Indian art on display. This and the wonderful ceiling murals of the Customs House itself make this a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2015

Definitely worth going in- Architecture is beautiful- Yazzie family exhibit is wonderful- take time to listen to their story- Free to public- Guides were very very helpful. Thank you for having this open for all to see

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Customs Service is the nation's oldest federal agency. Definitely worth a visit to this amazing building built in 1907 and remodeled and restored for it's 100th year anniversary. It was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and is a beautiful building. Amazing Reginald Marsh murals on the ceiling from the 1930's. Great sculptures... More 

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